Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
In the shadow of snow-capped mountains, a bicycle winds through dirt trails and beneath the lush foliage of forest canopies. Wasatch Bike Tours' owner, Chris Schmidt, calls these steep peaks and the troll-run hotels of the Rocky Mountains his home, and his business aims to help others discover the region's varied landscapes. An active member of several mountain-biking organizations, Schmidt brings more than 16 years of competitive experience to his tours. On half- and full-day adventures, riders wind through preapproved trails and uncharted off-road terrain. In addition to burning calories, the journeys pass through parklands and canyons.
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 team at Sub Zero Ice Cream creates delectable desserts using a flash-freeze process, which minimizes the formation of flavorless ice crystals and preserves the cream?s savory smoothness. Patrons may choose from a menu of more than 30 flavors or compose an original taste by blending any two flavors together. First, choose the cream base, available in premium ice cream, low-fat ice cream, custard, yogurt, soy, rice, or almond, before adding combinations, mix-ins, and specifying texture. The skilled ice wizards then speak the appropriate incantations to flash freeze the mixture with liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance used by NASA to preserve precious moon pies.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) prepares a menu of low-fat and fat-free yogurt containing benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Both locations tout silky, probiotic-packed soft-serve ($0.39/oz.) in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse that customers can sprinkle with strawberries, gummy bears, granola, diced peaches, or a host of other toppings. Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with one of TCBY's smoothies (valid at Fashion Place, only), which contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit and feature potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrilicious ($4.50–$4.99). Prices and selection vary from store to store.
Live trees grow inside Café Solstice, stretching their branches toward the sunlight that streams in through the high ceiling's skylights. The trees aren't the only things that are leafy and fresh, though; so is the spot's menu of vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Kitchen wizards fashion organic produce into dishes such as corn tacos with miso, sunflower seeds, and cheddar cheese beneath greens and cilantro dressing, or veggie burgers made from walnuts, mushrooms, and pumpkins seeds topped with tomato chutney and provolone. Visitors can also snack on fresh-baked goods that range from Kashi krispie bars to double-chocolate butterscotch cookies, and sip organic loose-leaf tea or drip coffee made with locally roasted beans.