If you try to leaf through a book at The Cake Shop, it might not work out exactly as planned?the shop's lifelike 3D cakes sometimes resemble a stack of books, a bulldog, or a guitar. For weddings, the dessert specialists also craft towering wedding cakes, iced with dainty patterns of polka dots and flowers. The team also whips up cupcakes in a smorgasbord of flavors, as well as a variety of other pastries, from cannoli to cream-filled eclairs.
When Jim and Mary Ann Whitesell set out to open Hot Shots Coffeehouse & Frozen Yogurt, they had more than just coffee in mind. They wanted their cozy coffee joint to be a place where the community would gather to dig into frozen yogurt, smoothies, fresh-baked pastries, and hearty sandwiches, as well as to sip handcrafted espresso and artisanal tea and tisanes.
The coffeehouse stays open late for night owls and study-sessions. Hot Shots has even been known to host game nights, where locals gather to play chess, Scrabble, and Red Rover.
Ooey-gooey frosting spills into every nook and cranny of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven at The Village Green Bakery and Cafe. Yet they're merely a prelude to other sweet and savory baked goods, including pies, cookies, and scones—some of which are even gluten-free. Round out meals with cups of rich, steaming coffee, mouthwatering fruit smoothies, fresh-pressed paninis, or made-to-order sandwiches, then kick back with a good book—the cozy eatery's shelves are full of them.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Locally situated and independently owned, Sips Coffee clears bleary eyes with an assortment of caffeinated concoctions and savory pastries. Shake off nightmares of coffee bean uprisings with a tea latte, which melds milk and sugar with a selection of aromatic teas that include passion fruit, earl grey, jasmine, and more ($3.35–$3.95). Try dousing steamy maws with an iced coffee ($2.35–$2.70) or creamy blended smoothie ($3.90–$4.35) before indulging in flaky pastries ($1.95–$2.15), fruit cups ($4.75), and sandwiches ($5.55). Sips Coffee's amicable gang of bean barons also trade their blends in bulk, which can double as paperweights when penning a voluminous coming-of-age tome about a free-spirited West Coast coffee bean ($5.75–$12). Sips Coffee hosts live, local music on weekends, and spirited patrons can utilize free WiFi to stream live videos of their own interpretive dances during each song.
Smiles Sweet Shop, a family owned and operated dessert emporium, causes glucose-induced grinning fits with fresh, made-to-order confections and singular desserts. Today’s deal gets you and an after-dinner associate or peckish doppelganger a four-pack of the shop’s signature cheesecake winks, single-serving versions of the classic dairy-based treat. Indulge in select flavors (a $6.50 value) such as traditional vanilla, which arms itself against toothy onslaughts with a buttery graham-cracker crust, or Oreo-crusted cherry bomb drizzled in chocolate. Premium flavors (a $7 value) such as banana split and rocky road, which features a marshmallow-cream center, provide rare dessert decadence in a society plagued by shoddy candy bars made from papier-mâché. Smiles Sweet Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.