Christine Boatwright of Shelby Living Magazine wrote a piece detailing the operations of self-taught baker and Wooden Spoon Bakery owner Leslie Arnold and how she specializes in surprising scone flavors—pear and fresh ginger, apricot white chocolate, and salted caramel, to name a few—but also loves one special, more familiar flavor. Her red-velvet cake, a hand-me-down recipe from her husband’s grandmother, is a popular classic: a light chocolate cake colored a vibrant red and sprinkled with icing and walnuts. As she told the magazine, “I’m proud to say it’s the only recipe I have not tinkered with because it’s perfect the way it is.” Still, Arnold keeps a constantly rotating menu of flavors and offerings at Wooden Spoon Bakery, baking bacon-cheese biscuits, strawberry coffee cake, and blueberry-and-cream muffins one week and specialty brownie cakes the next.
While customers waiting for Dyar's Daylight Donuts to open at 6 a.m. may consider themselves early birds, the Dyars have already been up for hours. On the job seven days a week they bake a full menu of yeast-raised, cake, and specialty donuts, rising incredibly early to ensure that every doughy treat is ready by opening time. With even more advanced preparation—at least 24 hours’ notice—the Dyars can also prepare a custom menu of donuts, muffins, and sausage rolls for catered breakfasts of 10 or more people, or one voracious clone of William Howard Taft.
Control your frozen-dessert destiny at 32°, a self-serve yogurt bar. A toppings bar with more than 50 wet and dry add-ins invites sweet-toothed sculptors to create icy masterpieces with seasonal fruits, nuts, sauces, candies, and more. Each day, 32° churns at least 14 tongue-tickling flavors such as snicker doodle, cherry amaretto, German chocolate cake, and New Orleans praline. Most yogurts are gluten free and are available in sugar-free, non-fat, and low-fat iterations. Cups of this creamy treat cost $0.45 per ounce, which is half the price of a gold brick but more than two times as charming at the dinner table as a gold bust of Garfield.
4 Seasons Salon's advanced equipment has bronzed bodies with UV and UV-free tanning services and the tanning salon is Smart Tan-certified. Formerly known as Unique Tan, the salon fosters sun-kissed glows with an array of beds, including the lay-down Open Sun and the standup Starship, as well as the sunless Mystic Tan booth and custom airbrush tanning. The company's knowledgeable staff kicks off tanning journeys by chatting with clients about their preferred hues. Red-light therapy and massage therapy sessions soothe bodies, and Fit body wrap treatments are available to reduce cellulite, speed up metabolism, and detoxify the body. The stores also stock lotions, such as Designer Skin and Devoted Creations' Collagenetics line, which boasts anti-aging effects.
The comfy java haven boasts painstakingly selected, high-quality coffee that is hand-roasted daily to sate the discerning palates of caffeinated, neighborhood libation enthusiasts. Ask a well-versed staff member for suggestions or peruse the percolating menu at your own leisure, alighting upon such organically laden goodies as the classically frothy cappuccino ($3) or the macchiato ($2.50), a tasty amalgamation of steamed milk and espresso. The mocha ($3.50–$4) envelops your taste buds in all its mahogany loveliness, whereas the chai ($3.50–$4), coffee's exotic half cousin, is steeped in black tea and sweet spices. Request your beverage chilled for sweltering days or when you're smuggling a diminutive ice sculpture in your mouth. Bask in drinkable irony with a 12-ounce take-home container of decaf espresso ($11.99), ideal for sipping on the front porch or imbibing during laidback concentration parties.