At Sweet Pea's Frozen Yogurt, guests take control of their frozen-yogurt creations at the self-serve stations. They swirl the frozen dairy treat into cups, combining flavors such as birthday cake, peanut butter, and white-chocolate mousse. Guests can then top their custom icy dessert with a variety of toppings, such as fresh fruit, cereal, and candy.
Freshly baked using all-natural ingredients, the confectionary creations look almost too beautiful?or too downright adorable?to eat. Many of the desserts such as the thin-mint cupcakes and red-velvet cake are daubed with Sweet Knead's signature homemade frosting, which comes in flavors including german chocolate, cream cheese, strawberry, and pink champagne.
Organic and fair-trade ingredients transform into beverages, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Pasha Coffee & Tea. Between walls bedecked with original artwork, patrons nestle into plush armchairs to warm up with marbled-froth cappuccinos. Guests also spoon up Oreo frappes heaped with pillowy dollops of whipped cream, as well as coffee that, according to the roasting philosophy printed on the menu, is painstakingly roasted to the optimal degree. Cholula mayo paints crispy bacon slices in the spicy BLT, and pesto and mozzarella accent the italian breakfast melt's stack of ham and tomatoes. And occasionally, the coffee tables, magical beanstalks growing from dropped beans, and mismatched furniture part ways to make room for live music and poetry.:
Cakes By Mac, recently featured in Chattanooga CityScope magazine, serves up handheld confectionary creations, artfully crafted and accessorized with flavorful frosting. The doubly decadent chocolate cupcake topped with fudgy frosting rouses sleeping sweet teeth from cocoa-less slumbers, and strawberry cake tickles tonsils with a strawberry buttercream beret. Cupcake recipients can luxuriate in pillowy white cake blanketed by silky soft buttercream or boost vitamin C with lemon-infused cupcakes and a head of broccoli.
Gigi of Gigi's Cupcakes has been a self-starter since she was 15. That's when she began her first business?a cleaning company?because she "didn't want to work for anyone else." What began as a youthful whim blossomed into a business philosophy that, along with waiting tables and singing professionally, carried Gigi into her 30s.
Then, one day, her brother suggested making a career out of her passion for baking. That hobby had been born in her childhood, when Gigi often spent time with her mother and grandmother as they baked and bonded. Amid seemingly insurmountable financial constraints, Gigi unveiled Gigi's Cupcakes in 2008 and, within weeks, had more than covered her bills. Today, the franchise boasts more than 90 locations in the 25 states that haven't outlawed dessert.
Each bakery crafts its cupcakes daily with fresh ingredients, and updates the menu according to day of the week and season. Traditional summer flavors such as Scarlett's Red Velvet, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, and Birthday Surprise have recently met their culinary match in new mini cheesecakes that masquerade as cupcakes.