If a slew of blue-ribbon awards from the National Ice Cream Retailers Association Inc. isn't enough to prove the worthiness of Ice Cream Club's cold treats, perhaps its huge menu of more than 100 ice creams and 25 hard-packed yogurts is. Cones brim with premium flavors such as bear claw, caramel caribou, and garbage can, as well as 20 ice creams with no sugar added. The key to the ice-cream-making process is twofold: all of the ice cream is made in Florida using primarily locally sourced ingredients, and the pasteurization process is performed at a colder temperature and slower pace, lending a slightly caramelized taste to each batch.
Inside Miz Catherine's A Dessert Cafe, polished wood and butter-yellow walls create an inviting ambience in which to sip cafe drinks and nibble baked goods. Visitors can take a seat at tables decorated with flowers in ceramic vases, or place to-go orders for goodies such as fruit pies, cake pops, and eggnog-flavored cupcakes.
Coffee Creations brews invigorating cups of coffee from Kona blends, Colombian Supremo beans, and Jamaica High Mountain beans, which drip into an aromatic and semisweet elixir. The shop also imbues its coffees with extra flavor with natural oils, such as vanilla, which can be mixed into hundreds of customized tastes. A simple breakfast and lunch menu accompanies each cup, with entrees from biscotti and pancakes to soup and BLTs. Coffee Creations also builds custom gift baskets, themed around gourmet coffees, teas, or hot chocolate.
Repurposed wooden furniture and hung coffee bean bags lend Sweet Magnolias Coffeehouse & Marketplace an appropriately trendy and creative ambiance. The café offers a simple menu to pair with its choice coffee bar creations; blue cheese wedge salads, bagels with cream cheese, or sweet belgian waffles made with coconut sugar, fresh berries, and raw, local honey. Swing by on Saturday evenings to indulge in their weekly chocolate buffet.
Chester—a registered therapy dog—and Lucy greet Cape Dog & Cat customers with a wag of the tail and a lick on the hand. The pair of pups, along with Elmo the cat, help owners Anita and Lou Simmons make the shop a haven for healthy animal products and a welcoming place for pets and pet owners. The dogs help taste test products to determine what gets stocked and work alongside fellow canines Onyx and Minnie to find the most fun toys for Lou to put atop shelves. Chester and Lucy's contributions to the Cape Dog Bakery stock has led the shop to carry only healthy, quality foods, including Evo, Fromm, and Precise.