Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream, which is made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its superpremium quality as it glides over taste buds. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as irish cream and butter pecan. Each serving generously welcomes dozens of mix-in toppings as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola, black licorice, and pieces from magnetic poetry sets ($2.50–$4.50 for ice cream with one mix-in). Indecision and premature brain freezes are averted by Cold Stone Creamery's chill artisans, who sling a litany of signature sundae creations ($4.50–$5.00), such as the Birthday Cake Remix, which spins two turntables of birthday-cake ice cream layered with tracks of brownies, fudge, and sprinkles. The Frankencream you desire will be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.50–$8.50 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted with freshly milled flour every day. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include golden honey wheat and Dakota bread. Gluten-free and high-protein breads are available in a variety of flavors, including gluten-free cinnamon-chip bread. For carb connoisseurs that prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars.
Bright White's licensed dental hygienists, armed with LEDs and other technomagery, eradicate persistent stains and yellowing to restore pristine pearlescence. First, they lather tarnished chompers in a whitening activator, a light-reactive compound that plays wingman during a tooth's photonic flirtation. Then, while lips take a spectator seat with the help of a mouthpiece, a blue LED pulses, bathing smile bricks in calibrated waves of luminescence. The process lasts about 30 minutes and leaves teeth noticeably whiter for 6 to 18 months, depending on lifestyle, goals, and amount of time spent eating grease paints.
It's hard to go back home after a trip to Full Tilt Ice Cream, unless your home also happens to be an ice cream shop, a pinball and video arcade, a live music venue, an art gallery, and a bar. Founded in White Center in 2008 by imaginative duo Ann Magyar and Justin Cline, Full Tilt began as a humble artisan ice cream shop, where all creamy deserts were created from natural and local ingredients and walls were decorated with works by local artists. When a friend suggested they add a pinball arcade to the already popular shop, Magyar and Cline thought it was a grand idea, and the public obviously did too—before long Full Tilt blossomed into a franchise of neighborhood hangouts. And the food and fun isn't just aimed at kids either: Full Tilt also serves a diverse range of Northwestern beers and caters to the cultured masses with crafted music mixes and live performances.
Over the past four decades, Starbucks has bloomed from a single coffee shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market to more than 17,000 stores responsible for caffeinating 55 countries. The company’s smiling, green-aproned baristas have become the mascots of many people’s morning routine, pouring cups of dark, medium, and blonde roast for coffee purists and adding shots of caramel or white chocolate to more elaborate espresso creations and treats such as a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa, and tea that protect the farmers and bioregions they come from. These efforts have earned the company a spot on Ethisphere's 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.