Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
At Yogurt Stop, over 70 flavors of frozen yogurt come together with over 50 toppings to make delicious, customized treats. Each day, customers will find a rotation of ten flavors, such as strawberry, chocolate, cupcake, and pineapple. Then, they can coat the low-fat and non-fat treats with fruits and other toppings, or select a fruit smoothie or bubble tea.
Working out of a postal truck repurposed as a mobile bakery, Street Sweets & Eats’ owners Stacey and Jake bake and deliver a menu of cake pops, creatively flavored cupcakes, and sandwiches. Raspberry-filled lemon cake, chocolate chips and cookie dough, and coconut-topped vanilla cream stand out among 11 other inventive cupcake flavor combinations which, along with their other snacks, can be purchased directly from the truck or ordered in bulk for catering.
Stefano’s Gelato is a frozen fantasy world of handcrafted gelato and sorbetto, whose milky frigidity boasts intense flavors free of hydrogenation. Sample gelato editions such as pistachio hazelnut, banana orange cream, and Butterfinger. Sorbettos (close relatives of gelato that are crafted with fruit and purified water) delight the mouth with wild berry, mango, passion fruit, and other zesty essences. Prices depend on how you want to eat your treat—grab a 3-ounce small glob of gelato for $3, a medium 4-ounce serving for $4, or a pint for $8. Cones are also available ($1 for kids’ cone, $2 for value cone), and carbonated throat-cleansers await your esophagus in the form of 16- or 20-ounce Italian sodas ($3.50/$4.50), retro sodas ($0.50), and Mexican coke ($1.50).