Even on a cold wintry day, the staff at FreeStyle Yogurt will always choose frozen yogurt for dessert or a snack. That's because their yogurt is made with live and active cultures and may help boost the immune system, unlike some other frozen yogurts made from a powdered mix. To add to the health benefits, FreeStyle's 14 flavors include no-sugar-added varieties and non-dairy sorbets. A self-service set-up lets customers pick and choose from 50 toppings such as fresh fruit, granola, and boba.
Offering visitors a welcoming abode where they can build body strength and shed stress, Sigh Yoga promotes healthy lifestyle attainment while eschewing giant hamster wheels. Amid an amiable atmosphere, Sigh's talented staff of limb-pretzeling stretchionados help students refine their posture positioning and acquire sleek physiques in a variety of yogic styles, known in the biz as yogurts. Newbies can master vinyasa's basics in Discover Vinyasa before flowing upward like anti-grav water into Gentle Flow. Sigh's heated classes—including the better-than-coffee morning vinyasa, express hot yoga, heated flow, and traditional silent hot yoga—use a detoxifying swelter to help deepen postures while strengthening the connection between mind and body. And if you're just stressed by the amount of time-traveling cyborg assassins in your life, the restorative yoga helps you withdraw from your senses with three or four supported asanas.
From autumnal cupcakes topped with Halloween embellishments to colorful stacks of french macarons awarded Best of the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly, the meticulously designed treats at Cupcake Caramel by Sweets Bakeshop come from all-natural ingredients. Bakers carefully top pumpkin spice cake with sweet cream buttercream frosting to create this month's seasonal cupcakes, or drizzle caramel atop year-round favorites. Caramel cream and chocolate ganache pour into cupcakes and macarons alike, the latter of which spring from the oven in six different flavors daily. The confectionary team tailors orders of specific events, tinting colors to fit a particular party theme or presidential concession speech.
Anodyne uses real dishes and compostable containers, and it only features coffee from top local roasters, including Peace Coffee, Great River Roasters, and MorningStar Coffee from Brazil and Mexico. The coffeehouse's breakfast menu features the specialty Anodyne oatmeal (organic oats cooked in apple cider with pears, wild rice, craisins, raisins, pecans, and brown sugar with half-and-half or soy milk, $4.85) and a variety of waffles, including banana-pecan ($6.25). The lunch and dinner menu includes everything from sandwiches to vegan selections. The grilled triple cheese is oozing with a trifecta of dairy bedded between two slices of multigrain and served with chips and a pickle ($5.50). To quash comfort food cravings, try the mac 'n' cheese, homemade with cheddar, swiss, and parmesan cheeses ($6.95), or vegan out with a vegan plate full of veggie chili, greens with balsamic, and grilled vegan cornbread ($6.75). Anodyne also serves Sebastian Joe's ice cream if your sweet teeth require sweet attention.
On an unassuming street just southwest of Minneapolis, someone discovered the secret to time travel. The formula: red stools, a checkered black-and-white floor, and a giant ice cream cone sculpture surrounded in neon lights that spell the name Edina Creamery. The shop transports its visitors back to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor circa the 1950's, long before you could download hot fudge sundaes from the internet. Inside, an ice cream case displays choices from more than 50 homemade flavors. Cups and waffle cones carry classic chocolate cookie dough, adventurous choices such as pumpkin pie, or signature creations like butter chocolate almond crunch. Alternatively, these flavors can turn into malts and milkshakes, which make sweet accompaniments to the shop's more modern menu of Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches. These homemade creations have garnered many fans, including glowing press from outlets such as the local CBS News.
With more than three decades of lighting prowess under its belt, Acadian Candles floods households with the flickering lights of handcrafted, dripless candles from its 4,000-square-foot shop. Customers can fill quarters with the calming lavender of a 5-ounce aromatherapy candle in a decorative box ($11) that soothes troubled minds or confuses hungry bees. Illuminate kitchens with the familiar aromas of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg from the three-piece spice-rack set in glass jars ($16), or give noses a rest with a nonfragranced burgundy candle($12.50–$17). A white special-occasion candle($14) can commemorate a choice of occasions—such as 25 years of marriage or cavity-free dental checkups—with silkscreened messages emblazoned on its flank. Acadian Candle Company also provides customers with ample free parking.