From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
The impetus behind Mix It Frozen Yogurt & Juice Bar was choice, and the shop grants its customers this in abundance. Vegan, kosher, and organic options populate the menu, and the staff invites patrons to grab a cup made of recycled materials and color it with a rainbow of frigid treats. The syllabus of flavors—such as tropical sorbet and lemon icebox pie—rotates weekly, and the shop boasts as many toppings as there are states.
Beyond its core yogurty competency, Mix It also concocts specialty juice drinks, such as the pineapple- and acai-based Purple Haze, smoothies such as the PB&J, and coffee. Any of these throat-soothing elixirs can be enjoyed in the store during normal hours, in a private store experience for a customer's fundraising event, or via catering. Mix It also takes requests for private parties, but they must go through rap mogul P. Diddy, who either issues a hip nod of approval or writes a formal letter of rejection in calligraphy.
Idyllic memories seem to be baked right into each of the desserts at Mo's Sweet Minis. A bite of a marshmallow-frosted s’mores cupcake, for example, might trigger flashbacks of a flickering campfire, and the jelly-filled peanut-butter cupcake might take one back to the sandwich days of childhood. There seems to be a flavor for every mood.
The bakers crack eggs, sift flour, and measure out sugar to bake treats fresh and build giant dough-snowmen each day. Cupcakes aren’t their only specialty; they also offer cookies, banana pudding, and other sweets. If desired, they’ll concoct low-fat and low-sugar versions of their desserts. Patrons can also request event packages with cupcake towers, tablecloths, napkins, and special menus.
Whether snuggling onto one of the couches with a mug of coffee, sipping wine on the outdoor patio, or breakfasting in a booth, visitors to Carytown Bistro & Coffee House will find a welcoming space filled with upscale treats. All three meals of the day are available here, as is frequent live entertainment, such as musicians who juggle full cups of espresso. The shop's collection of classic sandwiches features bagels, focaccia bread, and paninis with topping combos that include tomato, pesto, and mozzarella and peanut butter with banana and bacon.
Falafel, shawarma, and gyro are all popular ingredients at Sweet Olive Mediterranean Grill, but they're not only served on sandwiches or wraps. Like most of the restaurant's ingredients, they're also tossed on the housemade specialty pizzas. One such pie, the Sweet Olive, has red onions, mozzarella cheese, and kalamata olives.