Ye Olde Christmas and Candy Shoppe, nestled in historic Marietta Square, stocks a selection of nostalgic candies and festive gifts. Saunter up to the candy bar to tempt taste buds with homestyle fudge, imported Belgian chocolates, and sugar-, gluten-, and nut-free chocolates. Retro candy, such as rock candy, Necco wafers, and Gold Rocks nugget gum, brings back the sweet taste of childhood and the memories of watching the other kids eat the candy their parents gave them to show them their love.
The Christmas Shoppe prepares shoppers for upcoming holidays with folk-art Santas by Pat Siskin and Marietta ornaments designed by local artists. Its shelves also house collegiate items and gifts for special occasions such as anniversaries and imaginary friends’ weddings.
As you walk beneath the lit-up marquee into the renovated Strand Theatre, you'll feel the wind's chill on your neck and the excitement your parents probably felt back when going to the movies was a big event. The gorgeous theater is decorated in gold and crimson, with old-fashioned seats and intricate details. Arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime for a pre-show organ sing-along, rousing the spirit of the silver screen.
SweeTreats formulates ice-cream amalgamations, nestling saccharine delights inside cozy cups or fresh-baked waffle cones. Choose from a multitude of mix-in ingredients to form each frozen Frankenstein, reigniting taste buds with a customized coterie of goodies, including blueberries, almonds, toffee, Kahlua syrup, brownie bites, or newly discovered planets of chocolate-chip-cookie dough. Three ingredients of choice hobnob with the adult-size yogurt or ice cream in vanilla or chocolate varieties, creating a team that will roundhouse-kick hunger in its face.
Miss Mamie's plays host to a small army of frosty cupcakes, harboring five distinct flavors of moist, cream-topped cake each day. Because each day brings a flavorful flight of gourmet goodness, customers may check Miss Mamie's homepage for rotating menu options, such as the ravishing red velvet, the slowly poured ingenious fusion of chocolate and Guinness, or the fortuitous cameo of caramel-spiced apple. The cupcakery also churns out daily regulars such as cookie dough, devils food, and the oxymoronic smoothly paved rocky road. Atop the pillow of buttercream, Miss Mamie often places a tiny treat, such as a mini gingerbread man, banana chip, or buttery chunk of cookie dough.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh, fruitified Italian ice (around $1.89–$2.89) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including strawberry, root beer, Swedish Fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and the unearthly RitaBerrious (formerly Mystery Ice). Along with creamy ice, Rita's also sells icy cream. Case in point: Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard (around $2.49–$3.59), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Rita's custard involves a different freezing process than ice cream and boasts a higher egg to yolk ratio, for a creamy texture that makes regular ice cream feel like gravel sprinkled with sandpaper shreds. Rita's most popular frozen treat, gelati (around $3.45–$4.39), takes its cue from brunch, twilight, and sporks and blends two great things to create an even greater thing—in this case, the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of frozen custard. Rita's also offers an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.49–$3.99), fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49), and frozen-coffee Ritaccinos ($4.25), all of which make for a tasty treat as well as a deliciously soothing topical treatment for chicken pox.
Grills and stockpots sizzle as Carniceria El Tio #2's chefs imbue seven types of meat—ranging from familiar grilled chicken to exotic beef tongue—with zesty Mexican spices. Each morsel barely gets a chance to discuss grill politics with its meaty brethren before it slides into a soft corn taco, a hefty burrito, or a towering torta sandwich crowned with cilantro, cheese, and avocado. On weekends, the kitchen begets an array of hard-to-find Mexican specialties, such as pozole brimming with pork and hominy or menudo, a savory tripe soup.