A science lab calls to mind test tubes, bubbling flasks of chemicals, maniacally laughing men in white coats—but rarely ice cream. But that's exactly where Curt Jones, chairman and founder of Dippin' Dots, came upon the inspiration for the tiny flash-frozen beads of ice cream. A microbiologist, Jones spearheaded the flash-freezing process of cryogenic encapsulation, a method capable of trapping flavor and freshness.
Beginning as a retail shop in Lexington, Kentucky, the ice cream quickly began to quell the tantrums of Fortune 500 CEOs all over the country. Having won numerous awards since he created a new way to enjoy an old treat, Jones stays true to Dippin' Dots’ roots, making the ice cream at the company headquarters in Paducah, Kentucky. New additions to the Dippin' Dots family include Dots ‘n Cream, a treat similar to traditional ice cream.
The staffers at Bows 'n' Batter whip up freshly baked, homemade cakes and cupcakes, and dress up edible presents-to-be with professional gift-wrapping services. They bake and frost classic confections such as rich chocolate cupcakes and tri-layer red-velvet cakes made from beloved weatherman Willard Scott's personal recipe. Bows 'n' Batter also features more unique sweets such as key-lime bundt cake, iced pound cakes, and giant sea sponges covered in fondant.
Each Bagel Station bagel is formed by hand from scratch using fresh ingredients, then cooked the authentic Brooklyn way: first boiled, then baked. The original Bagel Station offers 18 varieties, while Bagel Station II stocks 16 flavors. Accompany a cinnamon raisin, poppy seed, or chocolate chip circlebread ($.89 each/$8.81 for a baker's dozen) with sweet and savory toppings such as honey butter ($1.60 including bagel), scallion cream cheese ($2.60), or breakfasty melted cheese ($2.65). Bagelccessories include bagel chips ($1.99 per bag), muffins ($1.50), and scones ($1.69).
All Blue Ridge's 13 daily flavors of ice cream are scooped by hand, in order to avoid the lingering metal taste and brain freezes caused by robot servers. Flavors are constantly changing; some favorites include Brandy Alexander, coffee Oreo, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Gelato flavors morph and evolve as well, from tropical lime one day to honey lavender the next. One-scoop servings of ice cream are $2.40, whereas single-shot gelato is $2.80; put a bigger sweet tooth down with a double-barreled cone of ice cream for $3.60 or gelato for $4.20. Pour scrumptiously molten toppers such as caramel and hot fudge over your frigidly solid-state cream or gelato for a $4.25 sundae, or get the biggest bang for your buck with a large sundae for $5.25. One daily sorbet and sherbet flavor is also available, and you can upgrade your delivery device to a waffle cone for $1 extra.
Mrs. Pumpkin’s Bakery & Deli bakes fresh, preservative-free packaged meals, pastries, and breads that make for comforting homestyle meals. Take-home meals whisk guesswork away from dinnertime with nourishing selections such as meatloaf with a barbecue glaze, baked spaghetti, or white-meat-chicken and vegetable pies. Midday munchers can swing by to pick up convenient boxed lunches containing sandwiches, wraps, or a cheery note from Mom. The storefront's curved glass case bursts with a cornucopia of baked goods that sing their luscious siren song as patrons stroll in to gaze upon stacks of muffins, peanut-butter cookies, or cream-cheese brownies. Several two-seater tables atop a black-and-white-checkered floor invite patrons to cozy up to a loved one as they nibble slices of carrot cake or a flaky croissant.
The staff at Ziggy's Juice Bar blends real-fruit smoothies in 10 refreshing flavors with optional health-bolstering add-ins. Enjoy the blueberry bombshell, savor the orangey zestiness of the crazy citrus, or quench thirsts with the monster-mango smoothie. Guests have the option of augmenting any beverage with healthy add-ins, such as multivitamins, protein, or fat burners. No matter what the flavor or add-in, Ziggy’s staff will seek to sate patrons with drinks as healthy as Carrot Top's trainer.
Apple Baking Company's signature treat, the Ugly, is a soft, icing-coated pastry that comes blasted in sweet flavors such as apple, blueberry, chocolate chip, raisin honey, or raspberry. With today's deal, mouth mountaineers can explore a dozen apple Uglies' saccharine ridges before powerfully chomping down into their tender, doughy centers. Those looking to paint the town or taste buds red can opt for a dozen slices of cherry-flavored Cheerwine cake, a rich confection made from Cheerwine soda and whose white crème coating sparkles against a red backdrop at parties, backyard barbecues, and Stonecutters Club honorary banquets.