Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods.
The team of culinary connoisseurs at Fig Cafe & Grill quells hunger and thirst with delectable eclectic cuisine and refreshing fruit- and coffee-based beverages. Guests can appease apprehensive appetites with a caprese panini, which is chock-full of fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and vowels ($6.69). Or opt for the pesto melt, a chicken breast sandwich topped with tomato, romaine lettuce, pesto spread, and gooey goat cheese ($7.95). Pair any stomach-sating entree with a gullet-gratifying specialty Turkish coffee ($2.49 for a medium) or a smoothie ($3.59) such as mango fusion, strawberry sensation, sour green apple, superfruit antioxidant, or banana strawberry. Though not part of today's deal, Fig Cafe doubles as a hookah lounge, where fruity tobaccos can be smoked through a hollowed-out baseball bat.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Owned by a local military family, Jumpin' Java pours out tasty cups of coffee, tea, espresso, and smoothies in cushy, comfortable environs. As visitors lounge on easy chairs or search for long-lost siblings in the cushy leather couch, they sip from potable handwarmers full of coffee (a $1.25+ value) made from locally roasted beans, courtesy of Cactus Creek Gourmet Coffee Roaster in Aberdeen, caramel apple cider (a $2.75+ value), or chai lattes (a $3.25+ value). Each day brings two new coffee varietals, such as Colombian Supremo and Tanzanian Peaberry, and two new flavors, such as Angel Whispers and Jamaican Me Crazy. Each passing week sees new flavors for the hot or iced specialty espresso drinks, with past features including delights such as pumpkin-spice lattes, almond-joy mochas, and white-raspberry truffles (a $3.25+ value). Alongside piping-hot cups of joe and icy espresso treats, Jumpin' Java tickles earlobes with the occasional set of live music and entertains brains with WiFi, accessed by entering a password printed on your drink receipt and performing a secret knock on the laptop cover.
Lisa's expert framers have been showcasing all manner of memorabilia in creative custom cages for nearly 30 years, and they have the experience to face any framing challenge with a variety of artistic outlines and long-lasting techniques. Immortalize important decisions by framing your humanities degree or showcase your sentimental mementos—such as actual hard copies of your sentiments—in a shadowbox frame. Because every matte-worthy Matisse or frameable Fig Newton is put under glass on-site, you can relax with the knowledge that your keepsakes are kept safe under the watchful gaze of the framers.