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.
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.
Kitchen 67 features fresh Michigan ingredients while infusing fare with high-quality Michigan distilled beverages. Today, the eatery offers a unique food and dining experience and calls upon locally sourced ingredients and spirits to create burgers from USDA Choice, grain-fed, beef and prepare all-natural jumbo chicken wings. Patrons can enjoy desserts like the Sea Salt Gelato or Cookie Monster and can sip on a large number of Michigan brews, cocktails, and wine.
Founded by a mother-daughter team, Sara's Sweets Bakery whips up quality baked goods, including cupcakes, cookies, and custom-decorated cakes. Grand Rapids-area customers can utilize the bakery's delivery service, or stop into the shop, where fresh coffee and donuts are served every day. To make sure no sweet tooth gets stymied, Sara's offers sugar- and gluten-free treats upon request.
At Uncommon Grounds by Talsma, the sounds of shiny chrome espresso machines brewing up rich coffee drinks blends with the sweet taste of fresh pastries and desserts. Guests sip on java or juice as they sample slices of handmade cookies or rich bundt cakes.
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.