The Cookie Jar Restaurant's bakers expanded their cooking repertoire from making fresh cookies and pastries to grilling burgers, sautéing vegetables, and simmering sauces to populate a menu of classic American fare. Knives carve off hunks of prime rib from broiled midwestern beef and slice into a warm baked potato ($24.95), and forks poke at Bob's Favorite, taking stabs at the sliced chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini dripping in alfredo ($15.95), annihilating the dish before Bob nabs it. Hearty favorites fill stomach caverns with dishes such as the tavern-battered halibut, which is bathed in beer and escorted by a side of homemade tartar sauce ($14.95), or italian lasagna that, like a rock ballad, covers meaty substance in three kinds of cheese ($13.95). Replicas of the famous cookies that inspired the restaurant satiate sweet teeth along with house-made pies and cakes.
The bakers at Best City Cupcakes love unusual requests. Past custom cake orders have seen them sculpting shapeless layers of moist cake and fresh buttercream into spooky haunted castles or sudsy mugs perched beneath a suspended can of beer. They even hold a monthly contest that invites customers to enter in their own unique cupcake recipes, and add past winners––such as the chocolate-cayenne Afterburn––to the menu for an entire month. Not that any of the shop's regular flavors would ever be considered bland; staples include The Britt, a dark-chocolate merlot topped with rich chocolate ganache, and the Elvis Lives—a banana chocolate-chip cupcake topped with peanut-butter frosting and thick pieces of grilled bacon. And because Best City Cupcakes knows that each household has varying cupcake needs, each flavor is available in standard size or as a bite-size mini, depending on whether they're being served as dessert or used as confetti.
Even as a 9-year-old careening through his Ireland hometown, Alan "Teelo" Teeling dreamed of opening up his own bike shop. Today, as owner of Bike Depot, he and his staff emphasize the communal aspect of biking, even installing a complimentary coffee bar designed to inspire chatter among customers. Bikes receive meticulous tune-ups as customers peruse the store’s brand-name gear. Bike Depot’s community involvement extends to regular organized group rides and its cycling club, which outfits members with discounts, swag, and special training sessions to housebreak bikes.
America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Pooches and felines of all sizes and pelt types receive intensive pampering during Shear Pawfection's premium cat or dog grooming. Using the immersive HydroSurge system, the professional staff wrestles out fur grime with an oxygen-infusing spray, leaving skins smoother and sheens sheenier. Beast beauticians lather the puppy- or kitty-covering with all-natural shampoos before combing and cutting the coat to the owner’s preference, revealing a treasure trove of lost kibbles and car keys. Clippers tame unruly nails, and a thorough ear washing prevents the growth of infection-causing bacteria and helps pets hearken to their squeaky-clean conditions.
Plaza Appliance Mart has helped homeowners deck out their domiciles with an assortment of appliances and helpful one-on-one attention from knowledgable staff. Patrons can prepare tantalizers or torchers of taste buds with a GE countertop microwave ($69.95), or pick up a water filter ($39.99+) to wash down meals more purely. Shoppers can also apply this Groupon toward pricier home wares, such as front-load or top-load washers and electric dryers. Specialty refrigeration devices, such as wine coolers (from $429+) and chest freezers ($449+), keep fermented grapes and swordfish heads fresh for romantic double-date duels.