Though the fruity, all-natural smoothies at Keva Juice may taste like an indulgence, they're all brimming with healthy antioxidants and vitamins. Staffers pack blenders with a healthy mix of fresh fruits and juices—including guava, mango, and raspberry juice—amped up with nonfat yogurts and low-fat sherbets. Each tempting smoothie can be supercharged with whey protein for an extra healthful boost or spiked with coffee or Red Bull to recharge each disposable cup's batteries.
This juice stand offers more than just smoothies, however. Guests can heap sprinkles, nuts, and whole-grain granola atop cups of self-serve frozen yogurt, available in such tempting flavors as wild strawberry, chocolate, dulce de leche, and original tart. Those who prefer dinner before dessert can opt for soft, warm gourmet pretzels stuffed with cheddar jalapeño or spinach with feta cheese.
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.
Operating under the mantra Flavor Your Life, Bahama Buck's sends its patrons on a tropical holiday with every sip of its gourmet drinks. Island-inspired decor outfits each Bahama Buck's location, and the business's approach to flavor as an art form—with more than 90 flavors of shaved ice—carries over to its smoothies, which send creamy concoctions climbing through straws to rouse tasters with the zest of fresh fruit and juices. Hawaii's Kona coffee beans are used for Island House coffees, and island specialties, such as 100% natural juices, provide an afternoon pick-me-up without the pressure of negotiating with the intimidating children in charge of neighborhood lemonade stands.
Since 1992, CapRock has brewed wines local to Texas. The winery’s vintages cost from $12.95 to $24.95 and tasting-room merchandise runs from $0.25 to more than $100. The tasting room’s plush, black leather seating and stone fireplace make a relaxed setting for sampling the local vintages or whimsically planning world domination via lasers.
West Texas' cigar cognoscenti can pursue their epicurean passion amid the marble floors and exotic woodwork of Heroes & Legacies' odiferous time machine, which transports aficionados to a time of unfettered elegance. Heroes & Legacies' cigar selection encompasses a price range suitable for varying budgets ($1–$90) with top-shelf brands such as Arturo Fuente, Ashton, Davidoff, and Montecristo, any of which may be passed around to celebrate a new pet gold fish. Similarly, the pipe-line incorporates both mineral Meerschaum and artful briarwood pipes, some of which are handcrafted from century-old wood.
Edible Arrangements' fresh, artful fruit baskets and boxes combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. Enjoy the fruity deliciousness of en elegant box of chocolate-dipped tree candy in a plethora of varietals, including strawberries, Anjou pears, apples, oranges, pineapple daisies, and bananas. All the fresh, juicy slices are hand dipped in Edible Arrangements' gourmet semisweet chocolate blend. Receiving a box of dipped fruits can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.