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.
From within a small, colorful stand conveniently located next to a Cary transit bus stop, Jitters Coffee’s baristas serve up organic, fair-trade coffees, coffee-flavored granitas, and fruit smoothies blended onsite. Staff members eschew automatic machines in favor of grinding espresso beans to order for each hand-crafted cappuccino, latte, or mocha. Decaffeinated, low-carb, and sentience-free options are also available.
At Coffee & Crepes, the rich aroma of organic, fair-trade coffee brewing blends with the sounds of paper-thin crepes bubbling on the circular griddle, as chefs whip up sweet and savory stuffed pancake dishes. Diners feast on crepes filled with smoked salmon, chicken cordon bleu, or bananas and nutella, as they admire paintings from local artists displayed throughout the space.
Goodberry's is a locally owned-and-operated creamery that's been serving up frozen custard made from all-natural ingredients such as milk, cream, and honey to North Carolina residents for more than 20 years. Recoiling from Faustian deals with depraved chemical preservatives and artificial stabilizers, Goodberry's chooses to whip up new batches of its frozen custard hourly to ensure maximum flavor and freshness. Flavors are limited to three: vanilla made with real Madagascar beans, rich dark chocolate, and a rotating flavor of the day. Custard connoisseurs looking to bring some personality to their pudding cups can try a famous Goodberry's Carolina concrete ($4.49 for a regular), a custom treat made by mixing your selected flavor with any combination of mix-ins, served upside down as a testament to its titular thickness and factual hold over taste buds, unlike the mix-your-own treats full of G.I. Joe toys offered by actual concrete manufacturers.