The cupcakes and confections at PJ’s Baby Cakes owe their saccharine excellence to owner Amanda Bragg and her family recipes. Since starting the business in 2009, she’s contemplated the perfect frosting-to-cupcake ratio and introduced a lineup of more than 100 cupcake-flavor combinations, including regular staples such as vanilla and lemon burst plus seasonal selections such as candy cane and pumpkin cream cheese. The confectioner’s cupcake cakes form like Voltron and sport creative designs that can be split into individual cupcakes. All of the treats are free of preservatives and other man-made chemicals.
Kinetic Brew's repurposed movie marquee and diminutive exterior camouflage a treasure trove of specialty tea and espresso drinks. Using only organic, fair-trade beans, groomed in Lincoln by Cultiva Coffee Roasting Company and doused in positive karma by smiling barista-gurus, Kinetic Brew quenches thirsts for full flavor and global partnership, like a liquefied World Cup tournament. Basic drip coffee (starting at $1.50) flanks a full contingent of traditional espresso drinks ($1+) as well as a more exotic set of specialty lattes, from the Mayan-spiced 2012 mocha to the honey- and cinnamon-kissed goodness of The Hive (starting at $3.25). Sate the eye's desire for beauty with the delicate green tones of Gun Powder tea or the tonsils' craving for Atlantic-crossing adventures with the malty robustness of the English Breakfast (starting at $1.00). All drinks glow happily when paired with one of Kinetic Brew's homemade sauces or syrups, and a full battery of alternative milks please vegans and lactose-intolerant cows.
Juice Stop uses fresh, nutritious ingredients to whip up their low-temperature, high-energy smoothies and protein shakes. Make over your morning routine with a Coaches' Choice smoothie (skim milk, chocolate, yogurt, and cappuccino mix), or jog through a Marathon (orange juice, bananas, and strawberries). Protein-packed options such as the World's Cup (skim milk, chocolate, peanut butter, and yogurt) are hearty enough to replace a meal or glue the legs of a G.I. Joe onto a Barbie. All smoothies are blended from scratch (no mixes are used) and can be spruced up with added nutrient blends to boost energy, metabolism, and the immune system.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry-pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and the creamerie also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings, such as fruit and honey. Ice cream creations run between $3.75 and $5.75, depending on size and location.
Coffee Emergency is a small-batch coffee roasting company and shop that sells fresh espresso and coffee beans harvested from Africa, the Americas, and the Far East. None of its coffee beans are roasted until you order them, ensuring delicious cups of morning alertness not hampered by the stale memories of yesterday’s bittersweet MAS*H reruns. The friendly staff at Coffee Emergency will assist you in finding your ideal bean. The store's best-seller is its code brown espresso ($12.95 per lb.), and the newly added Ethiopian dry-process sidamo combines the complex flavors of dried fruits, leather, tobacco, and earth ($12.95 per lb.). The Guatemalan florencia bourbon ($12.95 per lb.) is a balanced, sweet caramel-tinged medium roast favored by many coffee drinkers. A decaf blend is also available for those who abstain from the hard stuff.