Stomping Grounds Playland is many things at once. Part play center, coffee bar, and restaurant, its target demographic spans generations, all of whom should find plenty to do within its 2,000-square-foot facility. A play structure delights kids with obstacles and colorful tunnels, and an expanded toddler area keeps the youngest visitors occupied. To fuel this fun, the onsite Brewster's Café serves up kid favorites such as hot dogs and mac and cheese.
However, the café has even more options for adults—not to mention a dining area with free WiFi. Baristas pour cappuccino, organic chai tea, and specialty espresso drinks such as white-chocolate mochas. These caffeinated treats complement an array of signature sandwiches and salads. Stomping Grounds Playland also caters to parents with comprehensive party packages; party planners take care of everything, including food, activities, and all the paperwork required to receive a birthday wish.
With 12 varieties of frozen yogurt that rotate daily, creating a custom treat at YoFresh Yogurt Cafe can be a little daunting. So the staff encourages guests to try samples before fully committing to one flavor. After deciding what yogurt they want as their base, patrons head to the topping station—a colorful conglomeration of buffet-style bins and wall-mounted dispensers—to finish off their creamy treat with any combination of more than 65 fruit and candy toppings.
The staff does more than help customers choose frozen-yogurt flavors. It dishes out coffees, bubble teas, and smoothies, as well as a selection of fresh pastries. Every Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m., YoFresh invites customers to show off their sweet teeth while singing karaoke. It boldly stipulates that talent is not required to participate in the event, so long as you have a bit of enthusiasm and more sass than a cat in heels.
Serenitea invites you to enjoy lunch and Afternoon Tea in an elegant and relaxed setting. Its serene atmosphere entices enjoyable conversation or pleasant solitude. Have a tête-à-tête with a friend or meet in groups - perfect for meetings and special gatherings.
The synergistic Scoops Ice Cream and Coffee features ice-cold treats to cool down mouths after sips of hot drinks, as well as coffee to warm up tongues and prevent brain freeze after licks of chilly ice cream. Customers can choose from 32 flavors of ice cream, gelato, and italian ice, and cool off during a hot summer's day when the sun seems close enough to light a birthday candle with. Scoops' coffees run the gamut from hot cups of joe to specialty drinks.
Launching a dessert bakery at age 26 might be intimidating for some, but not for Vanessa O'Donnell. "Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, it was the natural next step," she recalls. "I knew that if I followed my passion, I would have a good shot at success.” Passion is an understatement. She engineered her first memorable dessert at just 9 years old––a dewberry cobbler made with fruit picked fresh from the fence. Vanessa has come along way from precocious experiments; she's since attended the Art Institute of Houston’s baking and pastry program, where she learned such techniques as fondant construction, icing mixing, and how to teach an oven to roll over and play fetch. All of these skills and her innate talents have been whipped and sculpted into the sumptuous sweets bastion that is Ooh La La Dessert Boutique. Natural light pours through enormous windows onto glass cases full of truffles, pastries, crumbly cookies, and some of the best cupcakes in Houston, according to the Houston Press. Guests may also request a steaming espresso drink to go or solicit a baker to craft a specialty cake for an upcoming birthday or jailbreak.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Juice Cleanse
Brands Used: Organic, Locally Grown Produce
Pro Tip: When ordering a juice cleanse; it is best to order 24 hours in advance.
Pam Ennis is a certified Nutrition Counselor, a Natural Food Chef, and regularly contributes to healthy-living publications such as Livestrong. Oh yea, and she founded her own business, Ylive Juice Bar. Pam takes a very friendly, straightforward philosophy toward helping her clients get healthier. "Progress, not perfection," she says.
Pam and her staff provide one-on-one consulting with every client who walks through the door of her Juice Bar. The goal is for clients to educate themselves on the benefits and possibilities that come from a juice cleanse. Outside of the consultation, Pam even maintains a Cleanse Computer Station, which clients can use to quickly reference different plans and choose the best one for their lifestyle. She also knows that a juice cleanse can be challenging, so she alleviates some of the difficulties by delivering juices to clients at their homes, offices, or super-secret cleanse yurts.