Cold Stone's ice cream, 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 super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
With a name inspired by the idea of a healthy baking revolution, The Flour Uprising’s bakers Annette Pratt and Linda Spyke battle the stereotype that healthy food isn't delicious. Each day, they churn organic and Michigan-farmed ingredients into healthy traditional, vegan, and gluten-free breads and treats. As the rich, energizing aroma of fair-trade coffee fills the café, they roll out and stir up whole-grain breads, gluten-free cupcakes, and vegan brownies. Annette and Linda also cook up weekly lunches that include soups, sandwiches, and fresh buns stuffed with meats, veggies, or Russian nesting buns.
When Mike Busley walked into Julian Pie Company, he found something unexpected—a sense of purpose. Returning with a dream of opening his own café with his wife, Denise, Mike convinced Julian’s owner to show them how to make pie so flavorful that it could alter a person’s life, just as it had theirs. The couple found themselves armed with newfound know-how, leading them to quit their careers in defense and medical sales, have a tough but healthy breakup talk with San Diego, and venture to Michigan to open Grand Traverse Pie Company.
Though now a franchise throughout Michigan and Indiana, Mike and Denise continue to run the original shop, and each location adheres to their vision of favoring ingredients from Michigan growers. Each day, chefs bake more than 25 flavors of pie, which have received attention from publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine. They also prepare an extensive selection of comfort fare for breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Third Street Station’s priority is introducing patrons to tasty sandwiches and coffees made from local products. Its menu overflows with 20 types of sandwiches that burst with Michigan-made cheeses and produce from Michigan farmers markets. The PBLT stacks traditional BLT ingredients on top of medium-sharp Pinconning cheese, and the Traverse City Cherry Festival salad sprinkles dried Traverse City cherries, toasted walnuts, and blue cheese crumbles on top of a bed of mixed greens with grilled chicken.
Third Street Station also brews fresh, Michigan-roasted coffees that make their way into cappuccinos and iced mochas. Patrons can enjoy the coffee drinks, sandwiches, and beer and wine outside on the patio during warmer months.
Perched across the road from the gleaming waters of Bostwick Lake, the eponymously named bakery and coffee shop serves up a menu of fresh donuts, treats, and cups of coffee. Bostwick's conjures all species of carb-laden comfort foods, from donuts and glazed twists to apple fritters and long johns. Light off the lake dances in through dining-room windows, as a trinity of chocolate, buttercream, and butterscotch cinnamon rolls vies for counter space with the realpolitik power moves of a freshly baked bismarck. Cookies nest in glass-enclosed cases, fashioned in flavors of frosted sugar, snickerdoodle, date, and molasses. Savory lunch fare rounds out the menu with choices including cheeseburgers and chili.
DreamScape Desserts founders Dan and Julie Couturier watched their company grow from a cottage industry based in their kitchen to a bustling cake-baking business that has won multiple bridal awards and countless loyal customers. But their success wasn't accidental. The pair of bakers work hard for their clients, whipping up handmade cupcakes and wedding designs with classic flavors and fillings such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry shortcake. They don't just dabble in the classics, though. Their kitchen creations also include inventive styles such as salted caramel, peanut butter cup, and root-beer float.