Equipped with a whisk, ample elbow grease, and a passion for confection, Chrissy and her skilled baking staff whip up cupcakes completely from scratch and deliver them directly to doorsteps. Clients can order a dozen peanut-butter or cinnamon-spice cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting, or really ramp up decadence with a specialty filling—apricot, cherry, or fresh lemon curd, to name a few. The shop can also engineer a custom 3-D cake for an upcoming wedding, birthday, or prison break.
An open-flame hearth is at the heart of Cosi's kitchen space, giving sandwiches and pizzas their toasty crunch. But there's a lot more to the menu than what happens under the flame. The T.B.M. sandwich piles tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella inside warm flatbread and the tandoori chicken sandwich brightens up grilled chicken breast with red peppers. Even salads are hearty meals here, with choices such as the cobb mixing greens with grilled chicken breast, bacon, and gorgonzola in a sherry-shallot vinaigrette. The crown on top of any meal here is undoubtedly the s'mores, in which two to four diners roast their own marshmallows over a tabletop fire pit, then sandwich the sugar cloud with chocolate and graham crackers before dragging their sleeping bags into the kitchen for a night's rest.
Caramanda's skilled bakers can whip up freshly baked cupcakes in maple pecan and caramel banana cream or sumptuous butterscotch and peanut butter chunk cookies for carryout. The bakery also employs skilled 3D cake-makers, who can morph fondant into a dragon for a birthday, or create a pair of wearable cake gloves for an upcoming boxing match.
Posh Salon & Spa lives up to its billing as a Redken elite salon affiliate with a selection of coloring and conditioning treatments that tap into Redken's professional product line. The salon’s greatest resource, however, is its staff—a group of talented hairstylists who have trained under professional educators and exude southern hospitality. Though the salon bustles with the sounds of lively chatter and snipping shears, the nearby spa is another story. Awash in soft light and backdropped by full-scale mosaics, technicians revamp hands and feet and massage away tension with Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue techniques. More than 10 types of facials fight signs of aging, erasing fine lines and scrubbing away the residue of birthday cakes ceremoniously hurled at faces.
Brides to be know that beauty is in the details; that’s why for the last quarter of a century, affianced women have come knocking at the door of Mondelli's Bakeshop where an experienced cake decorator meets bridal clients’ specifications with carefully applied swirls of icing and frosted flowers. Besides custom-cake appointments, the bakers put their attention to detail to use by stocking up the bakery counter with specialty breads, iced cookies, and the shop’s popular chocolate-sundae cake. Bakers also craft an array of donuts and pastries that are rolled, cut, fried, and iced by hand, allowing clients to bite into still-warm treats without consuming them during steamy morning showers.
With a dexterous whirl of her hand, a staffer fills a cup with a soft swirl of frozen yogurt that curls into a perfectly formed peak. After festooning the icy treat with a smattering of cookie crumbs and chocolate chips, she hands the cup over to its owner, who eagerly begins excavating the frosty treat.
This scenario plays out daily at I Can't Believe It's Yogurt, where champions of healthy dessert sling frozen yogurt in a multitude of flavors, as well as low-fat, no-added-sugar, and nonfat varieties. The signature soft-serve can be wolfed down unadorned or bedecked with an assortment of toppings, including fresh fruits and hand-polished sprinkles.