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.
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.
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.
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 36 hours, the dairy mavens at Rita’s Italian Ice scrap their inventory of frozen custard and italian ice and begin churning batches of frozen treats anew. Because freshness is paramount at Rita’s, customers may find only a few of the menu’s full cast of 40 flavors each day. But servers can merge those flavors into countless combinations: the misto, for instance, blends italian ice and custard in equal proportions, and the gelati layers strata of italian ice and frozen custard. Additionally, servers scoop up fat-free Slenderita and sugar-free italian ice for desserts that prove as wholesome and frozen as an ice sculpture of Mr. Rogers.
In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.