Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches your ability, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Fredericksburg Ice Cream Parlor's staff whips up an extensive roster of frozen treats. Sweet-tooth owners can pack a cup or a cone with a single scoop of more than 25 hand-dipped Blue Bell ice-cream flavors ($2.30; $1 for each additional scoop) or try a single-scoop peach sundae concocted with peaches acquired from local peach bushes ($3; $1 for each additional scoop). Handspun milkshakes glide down gullets in flavors such as Cherry Dr. Pepper, A&W Root Beer, and Orange Crush ($4.75), specialty banana splits sandwich ice cream between potassium logs ($5.50), and brownie sundaes permeate palates with chocolaty goodness ($4). For savory treats, fill up on a Nathan's Hotdog ($2.50) and a soft pretzel ($2) before washing them down with a Dr. Pepper brewed with pure cane sugar ($1.95).
After being widowed in 1982, Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began supporting her family one pie at a time, building her reputation as she won a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Investor Don Merrill came into the fold after reading a flattering article in Southern Living magazine and subsequently tasting one of Tootie's crusty, buttery, 6-pound apple pies. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Café's 13 signature pie flavors — which also include lemon velvet, coconut supreme, and the Rachael Ray–praised pumpkin pie — as they're carefully crafted and delivered to customers' homes nationwide. The bakery's burgeoning fame has extended to the Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, which featured Tootie's pie-on-a-stick, slices of signature desserts skewered and dipped in chocolate.
Inside Tootie's café, the menu of gourmet sandwiches includes sweet chicken salad with red grapes and pecans and italian grilled chicken panini with roasted red pepper and pesto or chipotle mayo. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based Milan mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch–style.
Fredericksburg Gourmet Coffee & Tea’s culinary construction crew assembles a menu of made-from-scratch brunch dishes alongside coffees and teas certified organic by the USDA. Baristas brew caffeinated concoctions from Class 1 specialty-grade Arabica coffee beans grown on high-elevation plantations, which advance the aromas with near-ideal weather conditions and spritzes of Chanel No. 5. After they're harvested, the beans simmer through a northern-German slow-roasting process before air-cooling and shipping the same day. Glasses of tangy orange juice and more than 85 loose teas complete the beverage selection, all served in biodegradable plastic or paper cups. Diners lounge in wicker chairs around granite-topped round café tables as they sip brews, devour huevos rancheros, or quiz blueberry-drizzled french toast on the latest Parisian slang. Classically styled menus and colorful artwork pop off yellow and red-orange walls, creating a bright, cheerful ambiance for savoring gourmet morsels.
The oldest continuously operating business on Main Street, Fredericksburg Bakery is armed with baked-good blueprints dating back to 1917 as well as modern marvels like their specialty sweet german pretzel ($3.25). Each of these twisted treats is hand-knotted from flaky puff pastry by elite Boy Scouts and imbued with brown sugar, pecans, and almonds. Sweet teeth can sink further into any of 16 of Blue Bell ice-cream flavors ($2.60–$2.90) or some freshly sliced Fredericksburg fudge ($13.95/slice). The lunch menu puts Fredericksburg Bakery's edible expertise to more savory use, with custom mesquite-turkey and peppered-ham sandwiches ($7.95) and plump Opa's sausages snuggling into a fluffy house-baked pumpernickel or white-bread robe ($4.95).