Seven days a week, the soft hum of bees can be heard buzzing around Honey Heaven, a boutique lined with decorative tea sets, children's toys, and a multitude of honey products. The sound isn’t coming from outside. Rather, it echoes from right inside the shop, where a swarm of bees scurry inside a glass-paned observation hive. This secured structure gives guests a chance to admire the bees, working hard as they extract honey from their combs and knit their Queen a sweater. Knowledgeable guides are on hand to walk guests through informative bee tours and explain the shop's vast selection of nectars, beauty products, and gourmet foods, all infused with the local, raw honey.
The shop's adjoining restaurant, Bee-stro Cafe—which offers free WiFi—lets diners taste the fruits of the bees’ labor in the form of honey-infused entrees such as nitrate-free turkey breast and grilled antibiotic-free chicken. Honey can also be found in the shop’s sweet lemonade drink and signature cake. The rest of the menu is dedicated to homemade meals, from hearty meatball and crisp salads topped with mandarin oranges to both a soup and quiche of the day.
A giant waffle cone in the middle of Simply Yo announces either that dessert is imminent or there is a 15-foot-tall child on the loose. The shop's pasteurized, homogenized yogurt is certified kosher and brimming with real dairy containing live and active cultures, which are recognized by the Live Active Frozen Yogurt Association. They aid digestion while tempting palates in 16 rotating, self-serve flavors like Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, White Chocolate Mousse, Dreamy Dark Chocolate, and Cookies N Cream—as well as eight twist combos—that guests can fashion into their own custom fro-yo desserts. At the toppings bar, guests can further customize their yogurt swirls with more than 40 treats, including Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel sauces.
Simply Yo puts out its spread of nonfat, gluten-free, no sugar added and nondairy yogurts in a lounge that is elevated past standard yogurt-shop environs. The interior boasts whimsical room dividers, plush couches, and of course, the giant waffle cone. The staff welcomes guests to check their email with the shop's complimentary WiFi or have a meeting in their private rooms.
Whether it’s frosty beers from the tap, giant half-pound burgers with hand-cut fries or live entertainment on the stage, Cody’s South has a little something for everyone. Visitors sit back and enjoy the sounds of a rotating roster of local bands while chowing on an array of bar-friendly fare.
Village Pottery Café invites would-be Chagalls of ceramics to lavish paint upon the stoneware of their choice while noshing upon a variety of homemade snacks. With no studio fees, Village Pottery Café allows painters to bask in artistic freedom as they customize mugs ($7.50+), plates ($10–$15), platters ($22+), the Statue of Liberty's understudy, and more objets d'art. After staff members slather them with a protective glaze, pottery luxuriates in the extreme warmth of the kiln, and emerges lacquered and ready to be taken home. Village Pottery Café also provides special crockery options for children ($2–$10). Café refreshments include locally roasted coffee; soups such as chicken enchilada, loaded baked potato, and pasta e fagioli ($4.99); quiches ($5.49); and other savory and sweet morsels.
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.