At the grills, the Liquid/Fresh Planet staff simmers up lean meats and veggies before assembling them into internationally inspired stuffed toasted pita and steaming rice bowls. Liquid/Fresh Planet strives to appeal to youngsters too, whipping up kid-friendly selections, such as cheese pizzas and PB&Js, and routinely checking beneath the stove for any potential boogeymen. Or follow the hum of whirring blenders through a forest of colorful red umbrellas to the Liquid/Fresh Planet front counter, where servers are busy folding fresh fruits and veggies into a variety of smoothies and wholesome eats. One packs a blender with organic oatmeal, fresh fruit, and whey protein, while another scoops up boosts from bottles of flaxseed, mixed vitamin, and ginseng.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
Upsy Daisy Cool Beans & Ice Cream’s owner coined her shop’s name as a way to simultaneously honor her nana, Daisy, and describe the pick-me-up one might expect from her coffee drinks and frozen treats. Coincidentally, the name also fits the shop’s unconventional method of handcrafting small batches of ice cream from lactose-free milk, high-grade cream, fresh fruit, and Belgian chocolate—a method that has earned it praise from its lactose-intolerant customers, as well as Fox 8 Cleveland. Creamy scoops of strawberry, chocolate, butter pecan, and sweet peach ice cream crown crepe cones, blend into milkshake mugs, and rest atop glazed donuts drenched in fruit syrup. Thankfully, steamy mugs of coffee and organic espresso can warm up guests after they impulsively hop across the counter and dive into one of the 20 tubs of ice cream.
Tropical Smoothie Café provides fresh, natural café foods and smoothies made with high-quality, healthy ingredients. With more than two dozen smoothie flavors, the café offers low-fat, supercharged, and indulgent options for those looking for a quick, refreshing treat. And for customers needing more nourishment, Tropical Smoothie Café also serves light lunch items, such as the Caribbean Luau—perfect for a respite from a long day at work or a marathon hula contest.
Owner Misty Scott creates delectable handheld sweets that represent her childhood baking experiences with her grandmother. Bling Bakery's cupcakes include more than 20 flavors made with fresh ingredients and zero flavors made with shredded newspaper. Double-chocolate blasts sweet teeth with a cocoa-spouting hose, peach cobbler triggers memories of living in a Georgia diner, and the Cinnycoco combines the sweetness of chocolate with the kick of cinnamon. Gone are the obnoxious protestations that a slice of cake is too big. Because cupcakes fit neatly into your hand, you'll be too consumed with the childlike delight of devouring the artful edibles to think about blown diets and foreign occupation. Place your order by phone or email.
Pure Delite took the traditional cupcake and its attributes?sweetness, softness, and handheld size?and made them healthy. The shop uses strictly natural and organic ingredients, and its resulting gourmet goodies pack in less than half the calories, fat, and sugar of traditional recipes. Every week, Pure Delite rotates new flavors into its cases, which contain mainstays such as the original chocolate delite as well as gluten-free options. Specialty house coffees complement the shop's edibles, and easy-to-access nutritional information breaks down the contents of each snack.