Coffee Revolution was born out of a desire to serve a delicious cup of coffee and to help those in need. The full-service, volunteer-led coffee bar is an extension of the River Rock Church's Operation Kindness ministry, and uses its proceeds to benefit local children and those in need, as well as communities around the world. In keeping with this spirit, it's also characterized by a welcoming atmosphere: cheerful golden-yellow walls surround sleek, modern counters and wooden tables. Meanwhile, aromas of coffee and espresso made with Cafe De'Artee beans waft through the space. A range of specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, and pastries round out the menu.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.
For Ashley Sandell, owner of Caffeinated Culture, coffee runs in her family. Her mother, former owner of Terri Lynn Link's No Ordinary Joe, taught her the tricks of the coffee business before leaving the trade and selling her four shops. Sandell eventually decided she missed the family business and purchased one of her mother's former coffee shops where she now serves her signature coffee roast along with hormone-free dairy products. Beverages include the peanut butter kiss white chocolate mochas with peanut butter and vanilla, shots of fresh espresso, and real fruit smoothies. In addition to the drinks, the baristas dispense treats and pastries from Delphina's Bakery, Bella Cupcake, and Cookie Monkey Bakery.
People with gluten allergies might think they have to wave at bakeries from afar. That's not the case at Liberated Baking, where they can walk right in without fear of an allergic reaction. The bakery swaps out barley, wheat, and rye for all-natural, gluten-free ingredients in its cakes, breads, and pastries. Customers can savor a cinnamon bun or made-to-order sandwich, and sip Trillium coffee. The shop also stocks a selection of gluten-free grocery items, and customizes cakes for weddings and other special events.
Served in 100% biodegradable tableware, Divine Frozen Yogurt's constantly changing menu of low-fat and nonfat frozen yogurt flavors can be transformed into customized bouquets with more than 30 toppings to choose from. Setting the stage for self-soft-service, patrons can compose sweet symphonies with a solo Snickerdoodle or forge a complex fugue using a base layer of Root Beer Float, Pecan Praline, Very Boysenberry, or White Chocolate Macadamia frozen yogurts ($0.44/oz.).
After traveling from the end of the rainbow to the tip of the North Pole, Easter's original hippity-hoppity star is now claiming seasonal residence at the Tyson Corner Center, Arundel Mills Mall, Potomac Mills Mall, Lakeforest Mall and Marley Station. As both an adorable and educational animal, the bunny associated with Easter will be helping kids get into the spirit of egg-hunting by teaming up with professional photographers who know how to coax giggle-laden smiles out of any bundle of joy. Children can pose with the gregarious giant, embracing fluff-filled hugs, and then later enjoy their shared moments by flipping through their tangible, printed portraits and by fluttering their eyelids at their vibrant, digitally arrested stills.