Neapolitan Cupcake & Gift Shoppe serves up decadent floury favorites that are baked every morning and meticulously crafted to look attractive and taste irresistibility sweet. Neapolitan's dedicated bakers can satiate your sugary cravings for gourmet cupcakes ($15 for a half-dozen), offering house specials like double-decker carrot cake. Weekly seasonal flavors include the sumptuous caramel apple, with apple spice cake, caramel-infused frosting, and cinnamon sugar, and the aromatic strawberry delight, which recreates the whimsical experience of being shot out of a cannon into the world's largest strawberry.
It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
Desserves owner Milisa Godson fills her cupcakery with delectably dulcet concoctions based on cherished family recipes. Passing under the shop's pine-green awning, sweet savants are greeted by two cases of freshly baked goods topped with creamy dollops of pastel frosting. Groupon buyers can collate a dozen confections from any of Desserves' nine standard cupcake flavors. German-chocolate and Italian-cream confections allow visitors to taste the flavors of Europe without the hassle of stealing a diplomat's lunchbox, and succulent cheesecake, carrot-cake, and yellow-cake treats pack the flavors of full-size sweets into a more portable form.
TCBY serves 96%–98% fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures to assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Patrons can savor an assortment of silky soft-serve flavors, such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse, served in a cup, in a cone, or at the center of a collection of Russian nesting dolls ($2.89–$3.85). Succulent smoothies, meanwhile, offer a coalesced concoction of real dairy and blended bushels of fruit. Banana splits ($4.99) and sundaes ($4.09–$3.99) deliver old-fashioned ice-cream-parlor delights without the extra calories or forced conscription into a barbershop quartet. Textured toppings such as M&Ms, sprinkles, and chocolate chips ($0.79) add layers of edible nuance to cups, cones, and palates. Conjure sweet spells of creativity via TCBY's specialty menu of layered parfaits ($3.99) or yogurt shakes ($3.65–$4.85).
Bruegger's Bagels traces its origins back to 1983, when founders Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began using their years of experience under a professional bagel baker to start their own business. In the early '80s, bagels were relatively unknown to most Americans, rarely seen outside of their natural habitats: Big Apple delis and free-range bagel grazing grounds. At the spearhead of introducing the breakfast delicacy to the world at large, Bruegger's grew locations in 26 states, winning a loyal customer base with crispy, chewy bagels kettle boiled and stone-oven baked fresh each morning.
Today, guests still smear the piping-hot circles with hummus, jelly, or rich vermont cream cheese or sink their teeth into anytime breakfast bagel sandwiches of smoked salmon and ham and egg. At lunchtime, bagels fill up with thai peanut chicken, refueling diners along with paninis stuffed with roast beef and horseradish. Healthy, substantial salads tempt palates with morsels of fresh mozzarella cheese, tender grilled chicken, and crispy cucumbers and greens, and sustainably sourced coffee drinks such as the blended mocha Brueggaccino make for tasty, sweet notes to meals.
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.