Scrawled across the Yogeez wall in big, loopy letters are the words "Get Creative." This isn't a difficult imperative to follow, seeing as how each of the store's locations offers a huge assortment of more than 75 toppings to pair with rotating low-fat and fat-free yogurt flavors. Shards of waffle cone and splatters of hot fudge complement perennial favorites such as cake batter, dreamy dark chocolate, and sea-salt caramel. There are always a few fat-free sorbets on tap, as well. Guests can enjoy their creations while listening to music within Yogeez's cozy confines.
The owner of Bella Capelli Salone & Day Spa, Karla, has been a stylist since the mid-1980s. Every day she strives to surround her clients with a warm, welcoming environment. She has some help, of course, starting with the salon itself. Housed in a restored home, the space charms with dark, rustic wooden floors and vintage-inspired furniture. Prior to spa treatments such as full-body massages or deep-cleansing facials, guests can soak in the studio’s claw-foot tub inside a softly lit room for utmost relaxation. From there, they can head to one of the home's private spa areas, or perhaps make their way to the salon for haircuts or color treatments. A nail technician works nearby, performing manicures and pedicures ranging from express treatments to massage-fueled signature escapes.
Husband-and-wife team Rosario and Taura Auddino, founded Auddinos Bakery & Cafe in 2012, pouring their love of baked goods and a family tradition of Italian cooking into their treats. In the morning, the scent of crispy artisanal loaves and soft sandwich bread wafts out onto the street. The pastry case contains rows of sweet iced pastries including glazed and cake donuts, muffins, and canollis, while the freezer displays rows of tempting gelato flavors. The bakery also tackles savory meals with breakfast and lunch sandwiches including meatball subs, egg and ham croissants, and roma turkey sandwiches, along with 7-, 10-, and 14-inch pizzas baked onsite with a dozen toppings to choose from, or raw pizza dough available for making your own creation at home.
Inlaid between bright-green tiles, Matcha Frozen Yogurt’s self-serve banks pour out 10 frozen-yogurt flavors from a list that includes gluten-free, sugar-free, nonfat, and nondairy options. The independent shop’s flavors rotate periodically, filling 16-ounce cups with everything from classic alpine vanilla to new york cheesecake and hawaiian pineapple, all of which are certified kosher and contain digestion-aiding live natural yogurt cultures. More than 60 toppings, including fresh fruit, coconut jelly, and mochi, dance atop frosty surfaces like Olympic figure skaters covered in fire ants, and each hefty helping is priced by the ounce.
Inside, white folding chairs surround matching white tables that rest between tangerine and lime-green walls. Sunlight pours through Matcha's large storefront window, gently warming patrons, illuminating glistening, fresh toppings, and melting the arms off of Venus de Milo yogurt sculptures.
As San Su BBQ's showy chefs fricassee vegetables, seafood, and meat on inlaid tabletop grills, awed diners fleck each newly barbecued morsel with a mélange of distinctly Korean condiments plucked from small constellations of finger bowls. Sesame and mustard sauces join tart kimchi as they flavor sizzling stone bowls of bibim bap, several styles of noodles, and traditional breaded katsu dishes. Smooth black marble encircles each grill, bolstering dishes served amid wood-paneled screens and lush potted plants whose leaves change color according to the nearest Scoville rating.
When owners Nancy Kanter and Julie Byrne founded Clay Café more than 14 years ago, they wanted to establish a cozy, unpretentious environment where families could spend quality time pottery-painting and embarking on other art projects. Describing what they envisioned to the Columbus Dispatch, Byrne stated, “We kind of wanted a grandma kitchen—something homey.” At Clay Café, visitors might forget they’re not relaxing in their own homes amid the studio’s popular mismatched chairs, flower tablecloths, and resident father yelling at a sports game on TV. The hospitable owners invite guests of all ages to let their artist instincts run wild during open-ended potter-painting sessions, and they host an array of special events including baby showers and birthday parties.