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.
A team of local best friends opened this cozy neighborhood spot to serve up artisanal java and tasty baked treats. Cups of joe brewed from locally roasted beans fuel early morning think tanks ($1.50–$3). Placate sophisticated palates while prodding sluggish brain parts with a selection of espresso beverages ($3.50–$5.50), or bypass lattes in favor of their nutritious, primordial eggs with a bag of espresso beans in chocolate shells ($2.50). Dessert-seeking diners can choose from sweet eats such as scones ($2.25) and biscotti ($1.25).
Green Bean takes its eco-conscious philosophy seriously, using compostable and corn-based paper products and serving 100% organic and fair-trade coffee and tea. Grab a beany beverage for buzzy satisfaction from the café’s extensive menu of specialty coffee drinks, such as the macchiato, breve, Americano, and café au lait. A host of organic flavored teas will satisfy more serene caffeine cravers, while a bevy of delicious real-fruit smoothies entices those who were raised to believe they could not eat their fruit until finishing their dessert.
Village Coffee House sates caffeine cravings and silences grumbling tummies with a wide selection of gourmet java drinks, fresh baked goods, and café fare. Much like when a bumblebee gets trapped in one's ear canal, Village Coffee House’s long list of espresso beverages generate an invigorating buzz that stays all day. Start your day off with a café mocha ($3.39/$3.99), caramel macchiato ($3.58/$4.58), or the featured coffee ($1.89/$2.09), made with a carefully selected blend of coffee beans from around the world. Though both locations serve coffee and pastries, the South Peak location offers eight breakfast combos, including a ham-and-egg omelet ($4.49), biscuits and sausage gravy ($3.99), and a BLT sandwich ($3.49), providing the nourishing sustenance needed to withstand a taxing day of typing, stapling, and capturing the pesky office alligator. Noontime noshers can refuel with a grilled or fried chicken salad ($6.99), bacon cheeseburger ($7.99), or fried bologna sandwich ($5.99). With hardwood and tile floors, warm hues, and a cozy selection of tables, couches, and oversized chairs, Village Coffee House provides a relaxing environment for visitors to sip on espresso and surf the free WiFi.