From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
A locally owned business, Dagny’s has been slinging rejuvenating cups of java to Bakersfield residents since the mid ‘90s. Stop in to fill up a fuel tank with a small espresso ($1.50) or macciato ($2.50) while noshing on a fresh bagel ($1.50), scone ($2.25), or muffin ($2.25). Ponder the meaning of last night’s freakishly surrealist dreams with a crisp salad ($8.50) or hearty sandwich ($8.50). While visiting, kick back amid the laid-back ambience and enjoy the free WiFi access. Stick around to check out the regularly featured live music. Free of bawdy lumberjacks carelessly showing off their beard-growing skills, Dagny’s Coffee Company offers a friendly spot for soaking up good vibes and relaxing with friends.
Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion for years. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.79–$8.89), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations. The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($5.09–$8.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe ($5.59–$8.89) carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning. Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$2.29), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon ($2.99).
Stephanie Caughell forged her career without compromise. Growing up, she wanted to be both an artist and a chef, so she followed her passions to pastry school, then to the kitchens of renowned dessert masters. Incorporating tips from celebrity chefs such as Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali, Stephanie creates eye-catching cakes and cupcakes from scratch for her shop, Gimme Some Sugar.
Stephanie preps sweet treats for any occasion—whether it's a walk-in cupcake craving or a large wedding. Her versatility is reflected in each cake's presentation: some are elegant towers with petals or ivy winding down the sides, whereas others are carved into fairytale castles, designer handbags, or even Homer Simpson. They come in flavors such as cinnamon swirl and confetti, and hide cream fillings within their decadent tiers and hidden sub-frosting crawlspaces.
For John Thompson, it all began with the desire to help people of all sizes and fitness levels live a healthier lifestyle. As a nationally certified personal trainer and fitness coach, John used his know-how to devise the high-intensity Ultimate 30-Minute Workout Experience, an effective, time-efficient workout that targets the whole body. Held 13 times a week, each boot-camp-like session combines cardio, weights, and abdominal exercises to boost sluggish metabolisms, tone muscles, and evict stress from tense bodies. To bolster the workout regimen, John and his fit-savvy crew craft custom nutrition programs, providing an easy-to-follow eating blueprint that helps clients establish healthy noshing habits and fit back into their high-school swim goggles.
Originally created by two brothers from New Jersey back in 1972, Port of Subs has come a long way from the little sub shop in Nevada it once was. Scooped up by an entrepreneur, the modest shop was purchased by John Larsen, who made the paradigm-shifting discovery that folks like fresh, quality sandwiches that are quick and easy. At each of the 140 locations, visitors can find classic cold deli sandwiches, hot, pressed panini, and healthy wraps. While Port of Subs sandwiches are available at these myriad franchised locations across the West, the eatery's commitment to quality at each shop remains the same, unlike anything in French politics before 1950.