Blue Sheep Bake Shop's in-house bakers conjure more than 20 cupcake flavors daily, culled from a total of 50 varietals, including red velvet, s'mores, and Guinness beer. They also create giant incarnations that serve as cakes for 10 people or temporary shelters for five. The shop's truffles spring from a mixture of cake and frosting dipped in premium chocolate and sprinkled with peanuts, raspberry drizzle, or stuffed with cream cheese. Vegan, gluten-free brownies, scones, and cookies can accompany Blue Sheep's traditional desserts to corporate events or anniversaries of corporate events.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
Fresh-cut meats and cheeses fold into the stacked creations at Aunt Nanny's Deli—a quaint storefront that doles out thick sandwiches, breakfast platters, and ice cream in equal measure. Free WiFi blankets the casual spot, and in the spirit of community giving, Aunt Nanny's also sponsors local organizations for kids, supplying Little League and Pop Warner Football equipment and swapping out trophies for cheesesteaks.
Muscle Maker Grill grew out of a small smoothie shop, where owner Rod Silva prepared health-conscious alternatives to fast food. The restaurant has since expanded with a menu tailored to accommodate diners with vegetarian, carb-free, and gluten-free diets. The crew prides themselves in creating healthy versions of popular foods, and continues to serve the shop’s original protein shakes with favorites such as chocolate peanut butter and strawberry banana. Additionally, Muscle Maker Grill displays the calorie count for each dish on the menu.
At Shogun Wok, chefs whip up delectable treats from a menu of more than 200 different Chinese dishes, from spicy sichuan chicken to savory scallion pancakes. Diners chow down on plates of tofu and black-bean sauce, savory beef and mushrooms, zesty lemon chicken, and rich morsels of war shu and almond duck. Japanese dishes also abound, including a wide selection of sushi, sashimi, and bento boxes.
When Jon Lidz left his career as an army officer some 25 years ago, he had dreams of opening a restaurant. Although he took a few detours—working everywhere from Wall Street to the button-making business—he still daydreamed about a place where friends and neighbors could enjoy fresh food in a casual, comfortable setting. So with the encouragement of friends and family, he opened Little Shanty, where he created a menu starting with his grandmother’s Southern-style, hand-cut french fries, plus burgers, Chicago-style hotdogs, and shakes.
Little Shanty’s casual interior brings to mind an auto repair shop—complete with aluminum siding, exposed brick walls, and booths sidled next to windowed garage doors. The kitchen resides on the other side of these doors, allowing diners to avidly watch as cooks assemble burgers or drag race pickles.