When the Perry and Burke families joined forces to open Sweet n Swirly, they shared a vision of promoting a healthier alternative to ice cream. Neither family could have predicted, however, how quickly that vision would catch on.
Today, visitors stream into a trio of cheery, welcoming locations in Kentucky and Indiana, eagerly sidling up to self-serve stations that protrude from walls painted in vibrant pinks and purples. These stations pump out 10 creamy flavors at any given time, including no-sugar-added options and nondairy sorbets.
The ever-changing lineup of flavors runs the gamut from refreshing to decadent. On one side of the spectrum are tart, summery variations such as blueberry, ginger lemonade, and non-dairy sorbet, whereas choices inspired by more traditional desserts include peanut butter and root-beer float. A candy wall proffers toppings such as jellybeans and chocolate sunflower seeds.
Old-World street lamps light a path towards Cricket's Café, a red-brick eatery brimming with Tuscan-inspired decor and the aromas of gourmet café fare. The design for the restaurant started at the owner's table, where she and her husband sketched a layout with indoor and outdoor seating, including three meeting rooms with high-def projectors. Throughout each of these areas, waiters carry plates loaded with breakfast items, sandwiches, and specialty drinks. The café pros can also transport their comestibles to casual office parties or formal debutante balls held in bouncy castles with catering service.
At Marlyce's Place, a staff of experienced dessert specialists and chefs whip up sweet desserts ranging from cookies to cupcakes, as well as savory breakfasts of biscuits and gravy and lunch combos of sandwiches and soups. Bakers pipe rich chocolate frosting atop freshly baked cupcakes, and adorn their signature desserts with red maraschino cherries, sprinkles, or tinier cupcakes.
Located on the Ohio River Greenway with picturesque views of the Louisville skyline, The Widow's Walk Ice Creamery and Bicycle Rentals brings together two great summertime activities: riding bikes and eating ice cream. Their signature Proud Mary’s peanut-butter-cup sundae features two warm brownies smothered in peanut-butter-cup ice cream, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, and nuts. For those interested in working off all that ice cream, Widow's Walk makes it easy a fleet of bikes available for rental.
Looking around at the hardwood tables and leather sofas of her own bakery, Adrienne Holland may occasionally be reminded of where her culinary journey began: in Niagara Falls, watching her mother, Myra, craft elaborate homemade cakes for western New York residents. Carrying on the family legacy, Adrienne opened her own 5,000-square-foot bakery in Jeffersonville in 2001, and recently helmed a full renovation of the space that included painting the walls a vibrant red. The real renovations, however, are still happening behind the scenes, as Adrienne and family prepare warm baked scones, grilled sandwiches, and Italian pastas in fresh basil-walnut pesto. Adrienne continues to pursue new creative avenues in cake-making with her novelty 3-D cakes, whose intricate designs have been commissioned for Muhammad Ali and featured on Fox's WDRB in the Morning.
Adrienne & Co Donuts and Desserts fries a fresh batch of donuts every day. Each globe is then glazed, spindled, or stuffed with fruity filling before being shepherded to hungry mouths. Cake donuts come in a variety of flavors including plain, blueberry, and chocolate, and its specialty treats, such as cinnamon twists and apple fritters, pair nicely with mugs of steaming coffee.