If Tom Carvel's ice-cream truck hadn’t had a flat tire one fateful day during Memorial Day weekend in 1934, he may have never started the country’s first retail ice-cream company. Faced with losing his entire supply of ice cream to the heat, he simply sold it from the side of the road. He was so successful that, years later, he opened his first store on that same site. His ice cream shops soon sprang up across the Northeast, and Tom cemented his place in business lore as the father of one of the country's earliest franchises. The Carvel brand now runs shops in 25 states, where servers layer their famous chocolate and vanilla ice-cream cakes with crunchies and whip up batches of their soft-serve ice cream each day to create cones, sundaes, and shakes.
Beans and Cream Gourmet Coffee and Cones is about as family-run as a place can get. The Ma and Pa in question opened the shop last year as a way to teach their kids?ages 18, 14, and 11?invaluable lessons in entrepreneurship. And what a sweet lesson it has turned out to be. The kids help with the marketing, making videos for the Facebook page where they advertise home-made salted caramel ice cream or starring in pictures with mouths blue from Superman ice cream. And if that weren't enough, the shop itself is downright adorable?think lake cabin complete with the patio you'd expect from any classic ice cream parlor. Accordingly, the shop caters to the whole family with coffee for the kids, and ice cream and snow cones for the grownups. Or maybe that's the other way around.
Sugar and Frosting strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory with its lip-smacking baked goods, extensive candy selection, and gourmet popcorn. Made fresh daily with real butter, cupcakes come in more than 50 flavors such as vanilla butterscotch and berry cobbler. The inventive flavoring also carries over to the bakery's popcorn offerings, which include buffalo ranch as well as confetti, a perfect choice for throwing into the air to celebrate a special event or really terrific movie.
From banana-nut to cinnamon, Choo Choo's features a rotating selection of flavors. The dessert designers at Choo Choo's will start by scooping a generous helping of your favorite flavor onto a frozen marble slab. Next, they'll liberally mash in all your handpicked add-ins, eliminating the existential crisis of boring bites. Gummy bears, cookies, fruits, and nuts sprinkle the selection of 33 mix-ins. Children will delight in Choo Choo's treat transportation as ice creams make the rounds on a train chugging around to the cash register. Single scoops start at $2.50, or try a caboose creation with two scoops and three mix-ins served in a homemade waffle bowl ($3.99). Spoon-shunners can slurp up liquid treats with a Wow Shake ($3.99).
Artsy Cakes FW's team of talented bakers create colorful cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops that enhance special occasions with visually striking edible party treats. Like famous gingerbread skyscrapers, each full-sized cake is a blend of masterful engineering and culinary skill, with designs ranging from elegantly sculpted shapes and figures made of icing and fondant to multi-tiered wedding cakes that spin on a mechanized pedestal. Artsy Cakes FW also enlivens any event with freshly-baked cookies emblazoned with personalized logos or messages, bakes towering cakes for banquets and bridal showers, and provides information on a trusted network of preferred vendors to ease planning and decoration.