The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
The bakers at Cakes in a Cup are never tempted by premixed cupcake mixes at the grocery store. That's because they make fresh cupcakes from scratch each morning. Seven everyday flavors offer classic cake and icing pairings, such as vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and red velvet cake with cream-cheese icing. Daily specials offer more inventive bites with flavors such as s'mores, cappuccino, and pina colada. And in addition to traditional cupcakes, the bakers also whip up tasty gluten-free and sugar-free options. While picking up their treats, customers can grab a cup of Keurig coffee, tap into the free wireless Internet, or pick out balloons and ribbons to go with their party orders.
Since 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts has roused sleepy customers with steaming cups of coffee and more than 50 varieties of freshly baked donuts. Available for a limited time, heart-shaped donuts fuel amorous appetites with vanilla-buttercream or bavarian-cream filling, swirls of chocolate or strawberry icing, and sprinkles precisely positioned to resemble the constellation of Cupid. Baristas splash to-go cups with 20 ounces of regular or decaf coffee, available in three flavor blends—original, french vanilla, or hazelnut. Alternatively, patrons can assemble a box of one or two dozen assorted donuts to liven up a morning picnic or coax a police horse into the building.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter with M&Ms, and Chewy Pecan Supreme, as well as freshly baked Fudge and Cheesecake Brownies, and Cookie Sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the Giant Chocolate-Chip Cookie Cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Since 1974, the kitchen crew at Pizza Cottage has measured out precise amounts of tomatoes, garlic, vegetables, and seasonings to create its signature sauce. Cooks layer the family-created original blend over servings of pasta and baked lasagna, and between sheets of cheese and dough on a variety of signature pizzas. More than 15 topping options adorn pizzas, which come in sizes suitable for individuals, families, and families of giants.
The Hop’s dairy mavens look no further than their own stomping grounds when culling the fresh, local ingredients they use to concoct their gourmet ice cream. Since it’s illegal to scream for ice cream in a crowded building, servers sate fierce cravings for the glacial delight by plunging creamy scoops into organic sodas, piling them into housemade waffle cones, and drizzling them with the shop’s own hot fudge and chocolate syrup. In addition to indulgent confections, The Hop caters to health-conscious gourmands with vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free ice creams made from scratch, as well as fresh-fruit sorbets and fair-trade coffee.
In addition to appeasing sweet teeth, The Hop also serves as a welcoming hangout spot where guests can enjoy free, family-friendly events, including live music, magicians, and jugglers scheduled every Tuesday. The cheerful, carefree setting also hosts birthday parties replete with a build-your-own-sundae bar and face painting.