Though he couldn't have known it at the time, Adam Caldwell arranged what arguably could be considered one of the most successful first dates in modern history. He not only ended up marrying his date, Danna, but also had such a memorable time with her in the frozen-yogurt shop that the two of them were eventually inspired to start their own. They opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in California in 2007, and within just a few years, found themselves with a family of hundreds of thriving stores sprinkled all around the world and featured on Undercover Boss.
As the Menchie's brand grew, Adam and Danna kept a simple mission in mind: to make their customers smile. An adorable cast of animated characters is featured throughout the locally-owned and operated stores, including on the colorful spoons, and customers can have fun creating endless frozen-yogurt combinations or just grab a cup of freshly cut fruit for a quick snack. There are almost 100 rotating yogurt flavors, and of course, there are plenty of toppings as well, displayed in help-yourself bins filled with fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, and candy.
The yogurt is made from fresh milk from a California dairy, and it is free of the artificial growth hormone rSBT. All the yogurt is kosher with live and active cultures and probiotics, and certain flavors accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.50–$6.95 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted with flour freshly milled on-site every day. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include asiago cheese & sun-dried tomato, cranberry orange, savory potato and pizza rolls, and parmesan pesto. For carb connoisseurs that prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes sweet-tooth sating confections such as scones, muffins, cookies, and bars in flavors such as raspberry swirl and ginger.
Iowa Bakery Café is a locally owned confectionary and café that serves a menu packed with breakfast basics, soups, and sandwiches made from scratch. Kettle-boiled bagels cover the flavor spectrum with sun-dried tomato, cinnamon raisin, and the everything bagel ($1.20/each; $11.99/dozen). The eggwich is a delicious confluence of egg, molten cheese, and optional meat piled between a bagel ($3.69–$4.69) that was cut in half during a botched magic trick. The café hosts two soup flavors daily, and specialty sandwiches ($2.49–$7.99) such as the hot ham and cheese or pizza bagel hug to the fresh-baked warmth of a bagel, croissant, or focaccia bread. A variety of espresso drinks ($2.49–$3.99) clear satisfied passageways and add boosts of energy for researching the origin of the bagel's misplaced center.
Jill Comes built Sweet Diva around a butter-cookie recipe that had been passed down through her family for generations, and she's quick to let the uninformed know that her rich butter cookies are a step above standard sugar cookies. Over the years, Jill fine-tuned the consistency of the royal-almond icing she uses until it allowed her to decorate her creations with the same freedom an artist has when painting on a canvas or turning the White House into the Formerly White House. Along with the custom cookie cutouts, Jill bakes cupcakes and cake-based lollipops called cake balls, personalizing each order to accommodate the needs of all customers and any type of occasion.
From the colorful checkered walls to the menu of hearty comfort food, the owners at Cozy Cafe strive to create a nostalgia-tinged dining experience. The vast menu is marked by the restaurant's specialty?Helen and Pat's cavatelli?as well as homemade entrees, including blue-plate specials of meatloaf, hot roast beef, or chicken and noodles, all served with homemade mashed potatoes and green beans. Staff serve up Friedrichs coffee drinks, and for breakfast, chefs flip the traditional array of omelets and pancakes and offer homemade cinnamon rolls as well as homemade biscuits and gravy.