In 1981, Valerie Wilson started baking cheesecakes in her home kitchen in Nashville. Friends & family raved about the rich, creamy ﬁlling and moist honey-graham-pecan crust, and Tennessee Cheesecake was born. We've been baking the world's best cheesecake for 30 years, and if you haven't tried it yet - you're in for a treat.
Owned and operated by expert yogurt-purveyers, Sweet CeCe's boasts 75 flavors of frozen yogurt and over 50 toppings for crafting customized treats. Guests begin journeys toward a fully realized dessert ($0.49/oz.) by filling cups to the rim or invisible spire with their choice of frozen-yogurt flavor. Flavors range from classic Hershey's chocolate bar and cupcake batter to the more complex and Chocolate Mac Attack or apple pie à la mode. Guests can then choose to accessorize their yogurts, which are mostly low in fat and high in healthy active cultures, with tasteful toppings such as fresh fruit, candy, nuts, and cookies. After weighing and paying for yogurt cups, guests are free to enjoy their creations or frame them for posterity.
Ever since Baskin-Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.59) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Picnic Punch, a sherbet swirl of tantalizing watermelon and green apple flavors in a bright-pink and green twirl. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.
At Wired Coffee Company, guests enjoy plush seating, exposed brick, and a cozy community vibe as they pore over cups of coffee and espresso drinks. Wired’s beans retain their natural oils, which yields a bold flavor and spares the baristas the trouble of coating each bean in oil one by one. In addition to sipping on classic espresso drinks or frozen coffee concoctions, clients can down deli-style sandwiches, pizza, and chips with dip. Coffee abstainers can sip milkshakes, fruit smoothies, or blended chai tea drinks as they surf the web or participate in the café’s weekly writers’ night.
Owner Kathy Gentry once relied on baking to console her during marathon studying sessions in college. Years later, Gentry has built a booming business devoted to celebrating cake’s charms. Staff guide budding and seasoned pastry chefs alike toward cake tools and instructors curate a packed schedule of courses that cover everything from finessing fondant to freeing trapped clowns from giant cakes. The chefs even film a hugely popular YouTube video series in which they meticulously guide bakers on sugar-laced odysseys.