From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
The impetus behind Mix It Frozen Yogurt & Juice Bar was choice, and the shop grants its customers this in abundance. Vegan, kosher, and organic options populate the menu, and the staff invites patrons to grab a cup made of recycled materials and color it with a rainbow of frigid treats. The syllabus of flavors—such as tropical sorbet and lemon icebox pie—rotates weekly, and the shop boasts as many toppings as there are states.
Beyond its core yogurty competency, Mix It also concocts specialty juice drinks, such as the pineapple- and acai-based Purple Haze, smoothies such as the PB&J, and coffee. Any of these throat-soothing elixirs can be enjoyed in the store during normal hours, in a private store experience for a customer's fundraising event, or via catering. Mix It also takes requests for private parties, but they must go through rap mogul P. Diddy, who either issues a hip nod of approval or writes a formal letter of rejection in calligraphy.
Idyllic memories seem to be baked right into each of the desserts at Mo's Sweet Minis. A bite of a marshmallow-frosted s’mores cupcake, for example, might trigger flashbacks of a flickering campfire, and the jelly-filled peanut-butter cupcake might take one back to the sandwich days of childhood. There seems to be a flavor for every mood.
The bakers crack eggs, sift flour, and measure out sugar to bake treats fresh and build giant dough-snowmen each day. Cupcakes aren’t their only specialty; they also offer cookies, banana pudding, and other sweets. If desired, they’ll concoct low-fat and low-sugar versions of their desserts. Patrons can also request event packages with cupcake towers, tablecloths, napkins, and special menus.
Inspired in every way by the culture of Italy, Caffespresso celebrates the arts. Baristas steam up delicious espresso drinks with intricate flower or heart designs floating on their surface. Cooks grill delicious paninis or toss savory salads and artfully pair them with Italian wines or a delicious pastry for dessert. The owners bedeck every inch of the wall in framed photos and paintings, and musicians set the air aquiver with their acoustic stylings.
For those interested in delving further into the coffeehouse's Italian roots, the venue also hosts language classes and travel seminars. Visitors can even request an Italian board game to play at their table as they listen to music or gobble up warm cookies.
Each morning, Montana Gold Bread Co.'s bakers make their way to a stone burr mill where they grind red wheat from a farm in Montana into flour. That flour goes into dough that they knead by hand before baking it into preservative-free breads such as cherry-apple challah or honey whole wheat. They carve loaves into slices for sandwiches with housemade chicken salad or roast beef and horseradish. Patrons can also find sweet treats such as pecan-encrusted cinnamon rolls and fresh cookies.