Clever Cookie has been distributing delectable arrangements of cookies since 1991. Today, they offer a variety of cookie baskets and arrangements for occasions such as anniversaries, graduations, weddings, and birthdays, along with holidays such as Christmas or Easter. The cookies are all certified Kosher, and hand-decorated cookies arrive individually shrink-wrapped, along with a "crumble-free guarantee."
Framed in arched woodwork, scenic murals of the Italian countryside line one wall of La Piazzetta Cafe and mirrors stand guard over teal banquettes on the other. Small bouquets of vibrant-hued flowers are eternally in bloom at the center of each table, weighed down with plated Italian favorites. Shrimp, veal, chicken, meatballs, and eggplant all receive the parmigiana treatment, and pasta dishes offer more than 20 varieties, including rigatoni montonara and dried macaroni for making crafts at the table. Guests can share a specialty pie such as the buffalo-chicken pizza, or horde their own 12-inch personal pizza. Diners can feast inside where a television entertains kids, relax at a bistro table outdoors, or order catered fare for their next Golden Girls viewing party.
The treats may be frozen, but that doesn't mean they're not flexible. That's because the colorful self-serve dispensers that line Yogurt Crazy’s bright purple walls are equipped to send a rotating lineup of 12 different frozen-yogurt flavors into cups, including nonfat, low-fat, and dairy-free varieties. Guests mix and match their own creations, choosing from flavors as diverse as pomegranate-raspberry tart and Heath toffee. Each swirl of yogurt can then be outfitted with kiwi, Reese's Pieces, and other selections from the topping bar’s 36 mix-ins, which means that patrons can customize their frozen desserts without the gooey mess of branding them with a hot iron.
In the Mood Coffee & Ice Cream is a nostalgia-infused old-fashioned ice cream parlor that offers delicious homemade ice cream, sorbet, and other delicious snacks, all made fresh daily. Prices for icy treats range from $3.95 to $8.50, and come in more than 30 flavors. They range from classics done right, such as rocky road and coffee break, to wilder variants such as howling brownie, mountain lion crunch, and funky pretzel gold mine. Sorbet—ice cream’s fruity and lactose-intolerant cousin—features tastes of mango, orange, and strawberry, as well as sugar-free ice cream options. If cold sweets make you anxious for bready treats, nosh on a Monte Cristo panini ($5.49) made with ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, then bury the evidence under a banana-flavored smoothie ($5.70). In the Mood also carries delightful specialty coffees, so wake yourself up in the morning or avoid terrifying dreams of hearing friends endlessly recount their dreams with a large cappuccino ($2.59).
Even in his days on the police force, Michael Gould found himself working with dogs. As a lieutenant, he commanded his department's canine unit, and this affinity for dogs serves him well as the owner-operator of Hounds Town USA. Born from a dog-training business, Hounds Town USA is not just a place for dogs to hang out while their owners are away. Here, in the large, temperature-controlled facility, they satisfy their pack instincts with a group of like-minded pooches. They chase one another, flop down for naps together, and discuss methods for getting the cookie jar off their owner's kitchen counter. All staff members have been thoroughly trained to interact with a pack of dogs, and they supervise this pack constantly, encouraging good behavior with physical and verbal praise. Because all pups are given a temperament test before their first day, they're assigned to a playgroup that matches their playing style and preferences, even if they really just want to play House.