Emack & Bolio’s reinvents classic soda fountain traditions by slinging a selection of gourmet ice cream and hearty hot dogs in a range of innovative forms. Staffers dig scoops into ice-cream tubs filled with flavors such as vanilla-bean speck, creamy chocolate, and mint chocolate chip to outfit cones, smoothies, brownie sandwiches, and dunce caps on undercover missions. Meanwhile, chefs toil at the grill to cook up 12 types of Nathan’s quarter-pound hot dogs and fashion a full menu of salads and sandwiches from old family recipes. Outside, a shaded patio beckons guests to cool off and enjoy the scenery of nearby Sequiota Park.:m]]
For the gals behind Sisters In Thyme, the business started small when they began slinging their jams, jellies, and preserves at local farmers markets. The demand grew so high that they eventually found a permanent space, expanding their offerings to include fresh-baked goods and stacked deli sandwiches. Co-owner and master baker Marty Cooper can almost always be found in the kitchen, where she's mastered the bakery's signature baked treats: warm, chewy cinnamon rolls topped with her homemade cream cheese frosting. In addition to a plethora of sweets, they also bake savory breads and rolls, some of which construct sandwiches?including those made with pastrami and corned beef, which, as this clip from the food channel explains, is flown in straight from New York.
Named both for the bakery's 21 flavors and as a nod to the owners' son, who has Down syndrome—a disorder stemming from an extra copy of the 21st chromosome—TwentyOne Cakes crafts confections of every size within its sky-and-toffee-hued café. The lineup of seasonal flavors, such as german chocolate, gingerbread, and maple bacon, takes on colorful frosting and chatty personalities as it transforms into full cakes, three sizes of cupcakes, and bite-size cake balls. The eatery's brigade of tables mingles with a pair of comfy armchairs to give patrons respite during sugar comas, and free WiFi keeps brains busy in between sips of coffee or tea. As part of the company's mission to bring acceptance and awareness of individuals with Down syndrome, 10 percent of each purchase at TwentyOne Cakes goes to benefit Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks.
Owned and operated solely by cake cognoscente Mandi Fritz, The Cake Truffle Store churns out delectable, handmade cake creations dipped in scrumptious coatings to match any personality or occasion. Fill rumbling tummies with tantalizing treats available in nine flavors including chocolate chip, walnut praline, and White Wedding––made with the charming flavors of vanilla and almond. Or, savor specialty truffle flavors such as the Colombian chocolate or Doggy Truffles, made with organic chunky peanut butter and honey. Any request of palate-approved confections are made to order, personally packaged, and can also be shipped to anywhere in the U.S. or delivered for free to Springfield, Ozark, and Nixa. Orders can be placed over the phone, online, or by peg-legged carrier pigeons.
On the inside of Tahyani and Alexis Perdomo's cakes, there are really no surprises: locally sourced eggs, flour, sugar, and butter come together to form fresh, made-from-scratch treats. On the outside, though, those same cakes are anything but ordinary, as they sport three-dimensional designs that range from popular cartoons to small-scale football stadiums. The idea came to Tahyani and Alexis in 2008 after they were unable to find the perfect Finding Nemo?themed cake for their son's party. After trying to grow the dessert by planting birthday candles in their garden, they finally decided to make their own in the kitchen. They're fun and realistic design earned them glowing reviews from the parents in attendance, persuading them to start their own business. Today, the batter-sculpting duo dispatches 100% personalized cake products across the Ozarks for any occasion, crafting custom designs such as beer kegs, planets, or characters from movies and 19th-century Harlequin romance novels.
Creative customization is key at Yogurtini, where a rotating cast of frozen-yogurt flavors meets a large list of toppings to create personalized self-serve desserts. Each day, frozen-yogurt flavors such as classic tart, cookies and cream, and red velvet are culled from a sprawling list and presented for customer consumption, with vegan and gluten-free options available. After customers fill their chalices or shirt pockets with yogurt, they can amble over to the topping bar, which showcases more than 65 choices including popular candies, cookies, and fruits. Once their dessert is complete, customers can relax in one of several sea-foam-green chairs or transfer their treat into a vacuum-insulated, stainless-steel to-go container.