The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.
Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).
In the late 1960s, seeking a remedy for his allergies and low blood sugar, Smoothie King founder Steve Kuhnau began mixing fruits, nutrients, and proteins in his home blender. The positive impact that followed inspired Steve to share his concoctions and open the first Smoothie King in 1973. Today, with more than 600 locations scattered across the United States and Korea, Smoothie King presides over 90 different flavors, all made with real fruit, natural juices, and specialized enhancers. The business keeps its ever-growing selection of slurp-worthy drinks categorized by their nutritional function, including Trim Down, Get Energy, and Indulge.
Party planners at Maximum Events specialize in decking out dessert tables in delicious sweets personalized with eye-pleasing icing. A changing selection of cupcakes may include such tasty classics such as vanilla cake with buttercream frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Unlike black velvet, which makes for a great bathrobe but tastes like fabric, the red-velvet cupcake makes for a poor bathrobe but delights diners with a rich red crumb and a velvety cap of cream cheese. Selecting a variety of inventive flavors such as the raspberry champagne or coconut-pineapple meringue treats taste buds to sweetness and the best kind of spice—variety.
Inspired by the sugar-cane-surrounded Mexican municipality of Jojutlas and its culinary traditions, Jojutlas Mexican Grill re-creates recipes from the region and across Mexico. Housemade tortillas envelop locally sourced ingredients in dishes such as fish tacos with jicama-radish slaw, beef taquitos, and chimichangas prepared with conventional or organic chicken. The kitchen also whips up some entrees in a traditional adobo oven, whose composition of organic clay, earth, and straw imbues dishes with a uniquely authentic flavor. To sate sweet teeth, guests can indulge in sopapillas and strawberry-stuffed churros for dessert. Jojutlas invites frequent patrons to join the Mi Amigo Club, which bestows members with birthday and anniversary treats, as well as a promise to always be picked first for kickball.
Family Massage Therapy helps clients unwind with the stress-vanquishing strokes of Swedish, therapeutic, and relaxation massages. Treatments take place in Family Massage’s private room, which has blue and green hues that evoke an astronaut’s view of the planet Earth hiding in a blueberry patch. Alternatively, the Family Massage team travels to homes and offices, offering 10- to 15-minute chair massages for staff-appreciation days and other events.
Whether you're looking for a tiered, edible centerpiece or a plateful of pastry pals, Yummy's thoughtful menu includes confections for all occasions. Curl your tongue around a flavor-soaked slice of vanilla cake caressed with sweet, creamy frosting or wake up with a slice of orange-cranberry bread waiting for you in the shower. Fresh-out-of-the-oven sourdough begs for a thick smattering of chunky peanut butter. Breads start at $1.50, and cookies are $6 for a dozen. Yummy's also sells more-whimsical treats, including cupcakes on a stick and massive marshmallows doused in chocolate. Dorm rooms and slumber parties nationwide welcome the addition of the award-winning pepperoni rolls (four for $5, double-stuffed rolls at $2 each) in a variety of flavor combinations (spinach-feta, mozzarella, jalapeño-cheddar). Yummy's pound cakes, strudels, cinnamon rolls, and sticky buns are all priced under $5.