When the Perry and Burke families joined forces to open Sweet n Swirly, they shared a vision of promoting a healthier alternative to ice cream. Neither family could have predicted, however, how quickly that vision would catch on.
Today, visitors stream into a trio of cheery, welcoming locations in Kentucky and Indiana, eagerly sidling up to self-serve stations that protrude from walls painted in vibrant pinks and purples. These stations pump out 10 creamy flavors at any given time, including no-sugar-added options and nondairy sorbets.
The ever-changing lineup of flavors runs the gamut from refreshing to decadent. On one side of the spectrum are tart, summery variations such as blueberry, ginger lemonade, and non-dairy sorbet, whereas choices inspired by more traditional desserts include peanut butter and root-beer float. A candy wall proffers toppings such as jellybeans and chocolate sunflower seeds.
Intoxicated Chocolates founders Jeffery Rogers and Candace Mills created their business concept over evening drinks. The duo regularly attended social functions around town, and Candace, a dessert connoisseur, would pair their libations with a sweet dish that truly complimented the flavor. Before long, the two merged the two ideas, and began creating chocolates infused with a bevy of adult beverages. Their chocolatey creations bear such flavors as bourbon, scotch, amaretto, brandy, cognac, and a variety of beers. Chocolates come in small 6-count sizes, ideal for sharing during cozy weekday nights at home, and 24-count sizes, perfect for party hosts who forgot they don't own drink glasses.
Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets has always been ahead of its time. Founders Rob and Pumpkin Auerbach have sold all-natural supplements and organic food for more than 35 years—starting well before many Americans had even heard of such nutritious goodies as wheatgrass or fruit. "My father always said that they opened the store about 10 years too early for the area," daughter and COO Summer Auerbach told Vitamin Retailer in 2012, when the publication named Rainbow Blossom Retailer of the Year. But when world-famous rock bands began touring around Louisville, they relished Rainbow Blossom's wholesome pastas, produce, and macrobiotic and vegetarian cuisine, boosting the revenue and reputation of the mom-and-pop grocery and helping it expand to its present-day network of five locations.
Today, the family-run enterprise enjoys an avid following from health-conscious customers who stock up on organic dairy, produce, and veggie burgers or enrich their diets with nutritional bars, supplements, and vitamins. Plant extracts and amino acids keep bodies in healthful balance, and shelves full of naturally derived cosmetics, bath products, and housewares keep homes free from harsh chemicals and damaging pollutants.
As the name Tea N’ Bowl might suggest, the chefs specialize in two things: bubble teas and rice bowls brimming with vegetables, chicken, and beef. Along with topping bowls of white and brown rice with orange chicken or shrimp tempura, the cooks also craft teriyaki wraps, stir-fried noodle entrees, and crab rangoon appetizers as Tea N' Bowl is currently in the running for "The News Record: Best of UC" for Best Ethnic Cuisine. From the bubble tea side of the menu, the staff members customize signature drinks with or without milk available hot, cold, slushy, or not on fire. They fill each cup with tapioca pearls for a burst of texture and flavor the drinks with coconut, lychee, taro, and coffee.
Brewing a good cup is an art form, and Mrs. Teapots has some of the best leaf-steepers in Northern Kentucky. Try sweet or fruity teas such as Bavarian chocolate crème, Forever Yours almond amaretto, and peach apricot, or sip a simple Earl Grey. High-strung leaf drinkers can mellow out with decaf offerings or try whatever unusual brews were just added to Mrs. Teapots carefully curated selection of domestic and imported leaves. One of Mrs. Teapots' friendly servers can help you choose an electrifyingly tranquil tea that dances upon your tongue and steams down your throat to warm you from core to crust.
Chrisman Mill Vineyards delights revelers with its themed wine-and-dine soirees that pair a buffet prepared by the in-house chef with meal-complementing wine for an evening of feasting and live entertainment. During an evening celebrating the undead, patrons give in to their cravings with savory eats and wine pairings while viewing the trailer for indie-horror comedy Another Apocalyptic Zombie Movie. Starring standup comedian Scott Wilson, this semi-improvised zombie parody is filming several of its scenes and recording its French overdubs on the grounds of Chrisman Mill. The film screening shares the spotlight with standup-comedy performances and zombie beauty contests. Guests are invited to show up in their own Halloween garb to compete in the costume contest or trifle with the hearts of lonely zombies.