Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
At Rita’s Ice, a variety of frozen treats refresh customers and satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. Their signature Italian ice blends ice and fresh fruit in flavors such as banana, cherry, piña colada, mango, and strawberry. Meanwhile, custard arrives in cups or cones, coated with hot fudge or caramel, as the mysterious gelati blends both Italian ice and custard into one delectable creation. Also available are milkshakes, hot chocolate, coffee, and Philadelphia-style hot pretzels.
Honey Hush Fudge settles sweet-toothed demands with scores of southern-style desserts, homemade fudge, and ice cream. Plunder assortments of boxed fudge containing multiple varieties packed with chocolate chunks, rich walnuts, or sweet maple accents ($7 for 6 pieces, $17 for 20 pieces). Fleeting seasonal flavors include key lime and orange slice during the summer, candy corn and peppermint closer to the holidays, or corndog and pine tar during baseball season. Moist, homemade cakes ($22+), cookies ($7.50 for 12), and pies ($20+) perch behind glass cases, shining like sugared, celestial stars without the astronomic egos. Visitors to Honey Hush's airy retail space can sample an array of ice cream and practice proper spoon- and cone-based etiquette ($1.50 for a single scoop).
The Greenville News named Coffee & Crema the Best Coffee Shop in 2010. While there aren't many reviews for the Haywood Mall location, eight Yelpers award the Forest Park Shopping Center location an average of 4.5-stars, and three Google Mappers give it a five-star average: