Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
Like the iced-delight-swirled Italian artisans, Dolcetti’s all-natural gelato is made from scratch and prepared with fresh, local, and seasonal fruits and ingredients. Flavors rotate daily in Dolcetti's repertoire of more than 70 gelatos. Stick with classics such as vanilla bean and chocolate, or wake from dreams of cows balancing papayas on their noses with inspired culinary concoctions such as lavender-honey gelato churned with home-raised bee nectar ($3.25–$4.75 for a scoop). Or, spicy up dessert with a sample of jalapeño chocolate. With an abundance of fresh fruit ripening in the coming months, expect fresh flavors such as forest berry, lemon, and apricot. Dolcetti will also be rolling out fat- and dairy-free sorbettos.
In the shadow of snow-capped mountains, a bicycle winds through dirt trails and beneath the lush foliage of forest canopies. Wasatch Bike Tours' owner, Chris Schmidt, calls these steep peaks and the troll-run hotels of the Rocky Mountains his home, and his business aims to help others discover the region's varied landscapes. An active member of several mountain-biking organizations, Schmidt brings more than 16 years of competitive experience to his tours. On half- and full-day adventures, riders wind through preapproved trails and uncharted off-road terrain. In addition to burning calories, the journeys pass through parklands and canyons.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) prepares a menu of low-fat and fat-free yogurt containing benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Both locations tout silky, probiotic-packed soft-serve ($0.39/oz.) in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse that customers can sprinkle with strawberries, gummy bears, granola, diced peaches, or a host of other toppings. Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with one of TCBY's smoothies (valid at Fashion Place, only), which contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit and feature potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrilicious ($4.50–$4.99). Prices and selection vary from store to store.
Annie Defa learned a lot in her 10 years in the coffee-shop industry, including how to select the choicest beans from among thousands. She puts this knack into action on a weekly basis, consulting with her local roaster to supply the shop with the aromatic blends she brews into steaming mugs or transforms into specialty drinks. She and her crew also bake up croissants, cookies, and muffins fresh each morning. In the summertime, an outdoor patio supplements the café’s intimate indoor space, and free WiFi ensures that clients stay up-to-date with emails, news, and the latest styles of cappuccino-foam mustaches.