Coffee & Treats in Grand Rapids

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Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.

3150 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

One Stop Coney Shop serves up a menu of freshly grilled burgers and heartily topped frankfurters in a variety of equally appetizing forms—savor one of the two meaty mainstays in a combo deal, served with a cone of Belgian fries and a small drink. Gourmet wiener aficionados can consume Coney Island–style dogs with a number of juicy selections, such as the Flint-style dog ($5.38), buried under Flint-style chili, onion, and mustard, or the southern-coleslaw-style Slaw Dawg ($5.38). Pledge allegiance to burgerdom with the Canadian blue burger ($6.46), topped with blue cheese and Canadian bacon, or subtly hint at your radish upbringing with the veggie burger ($6.98), flavored with grilled onions and dill shreddies. And like a loose-cannon cop who needs a by-the-book partner to balance out his maverick meat-eating tendencies, each burger or hot-dog combo comes paired with crispy-yet-fluffy Belgian fries.

154 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

The folks at Cheshire Nails strive to elevate nailcare from a mere series of treatments to a full-blown experience. Therefore, they offer VIP and hot-stone spa packages that turn simple manicures and pedicures into lavish journeys, comforting feet and hands with citrus-honey sugar wraps, marine masks, and massages that feature the soft kiss of butter creams. But the emphasis on embellishments in no way detracts from the salon's bread and butter. The technicians groom nails with precision and zeal, filing and shaping nails before layering on OPI and Shellac polishes, which can turn even the most accusatory finger wag into a gesture that emotes pure class.

2162 Plainfield Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

With years of experience as a health-care specialist and bed-and-breakfast owner, Marilyn Heeringa has mastered the art of pampering and promoting wellness. Today, she specializes in ionic detox treatments, which utilize the ability of positive and negative ions to cleanse the entire body through ion footbaths.

Having traveled to Egypt and other parts of Africa, Marilyn has decorated her cozy studio with an eclectic collection of art that reflects her worldliness and her talent for looking at art. Along with detoxifying Egyptian body wraps, she offers massage therapy, facials, one-on-one-yoga, and meditation classes.

1721 Rodney Cir NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

DriveTech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. Ride shotgun for five laps with a professional driver for a heart-pumping, really fast thrill ride in a safe environment that's completely free of Kurt Russell. Alternately, the 12-lap package lets you actually take the reins of a professional stock car. After a round of basic classroom instruction, you'll get to take the wheel for three practice laps and nine laps of proper green-flag racing that will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. Both experiences eschew straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. Check out the schedule here.

15 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Vanillas Coffee Tea Café serves a plethora of caffeinated concoctions and herbaceous teas, complemented with a full menu of wrapped sandwiches. The café offers several types of coffees ($1.50–$1.75) in its brewed arsenal, as well as a bruising bullpen of elaborate espresso drinks, such as mochas ($3.60) and full-flavored ristrettos ($1.75). Chase coffee with a grilled-chicken sandwich ($5.50), enhanced with sun-dried tomatoes and provolone and feta cheese, or a Michigan salad ($5.50), mixed with gorgonzola and dried fruits. Customers bearing the limited-edition, quickly abandoned Tony Orlando one-dollar bill can still find sustenance on the dollar menu, with low-priced pabulum such as a toasted honey croissant ($1) or a vanilla cupcake ($1). The café's specialty sweets also put smiles on the faces of stomachs, with specialty cookies ($15 for a dozen) and chocolate-dipped strawberries ($10 for a dozen) ready to stuff tummies. Java junkies can take home a pound of whole-bean or ground coffee ($8.50–$9.75), with an organic option available.

3150 Plainfield Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US