Tiffany Poindexter, the sugar maven behind Bake Up, employs fine ingredients and generations-old recipes to craft mouthwatering sweet treats. A lifelong baker taught in the kitchens of her mother and grandmother, Poindexter mixes up tasty batters with luxurious, quality components including real Madagascar vanilla beans, sweet cream, and jewel-encrusted measuring cups. Groupon users can choose up to two flavors to complete their one-dozen cookies, brownies, or cupcakes. Spoil sweet teeth with one-dozen classic cookies, available in such flavors as white-chocolate cherry, oatmeal walnut, and time-honored chocolate chip. Or, patrons can opt for 12 toothsome brownies in taste-bud-tickling incarnations that include caramel, espresso, and mint chocolate.
Bat-A-Rama's seven batting cages, which spit out softballs or baseballs, are designed to let the hitter pick the speed and height of the pitches based on skill level. Each $1 token forces the machines to throw 15 pitches, providing ample opportunity to practice swinging for the fences, hitting behind a runner, or catching moving balls in plastic grocery bags. Three of the seven cages spew both hardball and slow softball pitches, and one speedily whips out softballs sans arc. Though not included in this Groupon, Bat-A-Rama makes old-fashioned ice cream on-site.
If the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop looks a bit old-fashioned, that's because it is. The building was built in 1875 as a showroom for flour milled by the adjacent waterfalls. But somewhere along the way, it also began selling popcorn, and in the 1940s, the store transformed into a popcorn shop. Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop sells crispy popcorn in fun flavors such as Double Cheese, Kettle Corn, and Caramel Corn, as well as cranberry-flavored Chrissy Corn, proceeds from which go to benefit the cancer charity The Gathering Place. The shop can even bring its popcorn on the road, setting up stands at local festivals and special events to pop it fresh. In addition to its namesake snack, Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop also serves organic, fair-trade, locally roasted Dewey's coffee, along with Euclid Beach Custard and ice cream. Its ice-cream fans are known as Conelickers, and the shop also counts President George W. Bush as an admirer; who bought a tin while campaigning in 2004.
Since 1980, the confection artisans at Cake and Candy Center have crafted customized wedding cakes and blended ingredients into savory cookies, cupcakes, and truffles. The sugar-savvy staff works closely with patrons to design wholly original cakes to fit any occasion, from cakes commemorating a child's graduation from kindergarten to cakes celebrating a successfully erected backyard igloo. Cake and Candy Center's truffles, a European confection forged with chocolate and heavy cream, are made to resemble black-truffle mushrooms, and other imaginative saccharine creations take form in fully customizable cookies, cupcakes, and strawberries, fresh from dips under chocolate waterfalls. Burgeoning bakers can gather supplies in the shop, including ingredients, icings, baking cups, and cake pans.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
Steep your brain with flavorful promises of a menu to plot out an early-morning caffeine infusion, mid-day lunch treat, or late night drive-by brainwiring. Phoenix's coffees are brewed fresh from their very own beans, so have a cup of old-school joe to return to the café's roots (up to $1.70), or punch your taste buds with the devil's brew (coffee with a shot of espresso, up to $2.50). Chug their namesake with a cup of Café Phoenix, a mocha made with their signature locally produced chocolate syrup and an extra shot of espresso ($3.60), or hammer your endocrine system with the indulgent excesses of their Stuporball—two kinds of custom-blended coffee, two different chocolate syrup infusions, and an extra shot of espresso (up to $4). Tea lovers get some love at Phoenix, too—premium oolong, white, and select black or green tea varieties are available iced or hot (up to $2.40), while the house-made artisan Chai latte arrives steamed and creamy (up to $3.20). You can also upgrade to larger drinks and pay the difference.