Timbuktu pumps high-speed Internet into 28 computers and gaming systems such as Wii and Xbox Kinect, giving guests an opportunity to virtually compete against opponents or watch Netflix and Hulu. Customers can use the game card on numerous occasions for 10 months after activation, splitting time up as they please in virtual tennis matches, educational games, and classics such as Zelda and stickball. The gaming zone has turned columns into playful palm trees and painted tropical murals on the walls, letting players shun Mother Nature in favor of a gamer's paradise, and stocks snacks in the café to satisfy hungry players after virtual sporting events.
Sweets! punctuates any occasion with an exclamation point by dishing out high-quality treats. Inside the charming Auburn Hills shop, sunlight stretches across the floors and brick walls, and visitors kick back while sipping iced lattes, iced espressos, and other coffee drinks?each crafted from locally roasted Great Lakes beans. Hungry visitors can also fill up on housemade soup and chilli.
As much as it appears to be a full-on caf?, Sweets! doubles as a source of fresh baked goods and premium ice cream, too. In fact, the shop stands as Michigan?s sole retailer of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream. It serves the frozen treat in a seemingly endless array of flavors, including seasonal specialties.
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
Inside Trifles's vintage-style space, staff members bake specialty wedding cakes, gourmet chocolates, and cupcakes. The bakers adorn their signature cakes in flavors such as banana, carrot, and cherry nut with vanilla buttercream frosting and sugar flowers.
Yoz Yogurt has been around since 1988. Yoz provides the healthiest frozen yogurt and soft serve products in the area. Yoz is the only yogurt store offering over 35 toppings. Yoz was the first with fat free non dairy soft serve. Yoz was the first to offer non fat, 8 calorie, low carb, no sugar added original tart.
In a few short years, April and James Forbes have gone from humble dreamers to established-and-celebrated experts in their trade: the tasty-baked-goods trade. Before opening The Cakeria in 2010, the couple sold their home-baked treats at the Dixieland Flea Market, according to the Oakland Press. By 2012, their cupcakes had earned them the championship spot on Food Network's Cupcake Wars?wars in which the kitchen-clumsy Napoleon never would have stood a chance. The key to the couple?s success lies in from-scratch recipes and highly creative flavor concepts; they bake with herbs, oils, and real butter to make confections such as chocolate cupcakes soaked in cherry cola and topped with swiss-meringue buttercream. Their cookies, brownies, and french macarons obtain their distinctive tastes from exquisite ingredients such as tahitian vanilla, dutch cocoa powder, and stardust from the Andromeda galaxy.