TRIO Cafe & Lounge is the brainchild of brothers Tony and Paul Rodrigues and their childhood friend, Brian Carvalho. The trio sought to replicate a European-style eatery and lounge in Massachusetts, complete with chic decor, contemporary cuisine, and innovative cocktails. Abstract art speckles the walls of each location's sleek space, where diners sit on cushy couches and clink glasses of sangria over raw oysters and peppercorn-encrusted steaks.
Owner Howie Mallowes set up shop across from the Martha's Vineyard ferry terminal, where his restaurant specializes in infusing New York–style pies with gourmet ingredients such as shrimp, gorgonzola, and steak. Amongst the fresh harbor air, staffers shuttle whole pizzas and single slices to tables of visitors and regulars until the wee hours of 2 a.m. every night. The menu plays host to more than a dozen specialty pizzas such as the Pizans "Soon to be Famous" Clam Pizza, which just signed a three-picture deal with DreamWorks. Pizzas share stomach space with pastas, oven-baked grinders, footlong subs, beer, and wine.
Innovative appetite quenchers doled out amidst flat screen TVs and casual pub environs bolster Rose Alley Ale House up the rungs of culinary greatness. The menu highlights self-proclaimed "Earth's best" wings—privately tested by an unbiased panel of baby Martians—available in a slew of sauces, such as the tongue-torching Lava, burn-soothing blue cheese, and thai peanut ($8.99 for 10). Rose Alley Ale House also hosts eclectic entrees, including Vavo's Hangover Cure, a hodgepodge of chicken and shrimp sautéed in Rozambique sauce atop a mountain of pub style chips ($10.99), guaranteed to erase memories of late-night dials to ex-imaginary friends.
The key to Zazzle.com’s success isn’t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories—it’s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website’s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
At Fruitzzy, customers create their own icy treats using as many flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings as they can fit into a cup. The shop rotates its approximately 80 yogurt flavors on a daily basis and stocks more than 40 edible adornments, including fruits, candies, and nuts. To appease as a wide a customer base as possible, the treat haven offers only certified gluten-free flavors and a range of nonfat options. In addition to free WiFi, Fruitzzy offers complimentary valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays, bypassing the need to find a spot or replace the ejector seat before going in.
Soft-serve frozen yogurt or gelato in rich flavors gently swirls into a cheery pink or blue cup. Toppings doled out by the spoonful tumble from the top. And finally, with much rejoicing, the diner swoops a plastic spoon in for the first of many bites. Dream Sweet Froyo's colorful interior draws the eye as much as its indulgent (and low-fat) treats inspire drooling, and guests enjoy their yogurt or gelato while watching the 60-inch television, surfing the free WiFi, or calculating exactly how many drops of hot fudge fit into a ladle. Frozen yogurt and gelato are also available to take home by the pint ($0.30/ounce).