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.
Stocked with all the stuff kids?and the young at heart?love, Z's Penny Candy is packed with candies, fresh popcorn, and pinatas. Inside the brightly-painted store, customers can explore the aisles to find boxes and bars of classics, from Snickers and Pez to bags of Big League Chew and jars stuffed with something your brother will just steal anyway. The staff also scoops up ice cream and keeps a slushie machine churning out cool treats for respite from the heat in the summertime.
At W.D.'s Gumbo Café, wax paper lines red baskets that bear gifts of Cajun chicken sandwiches and sweetwater cornbread, while open-mic crooners serenade parties as they enjoy Southern fare. The tempting menu is a showcase of colorful New Orleans culture, with feasts of chicken and sausage gumbo in a savory brown roux, complimented by more squares of sweetwater cornbread. While health-conscious diners opt for a selection of raw juices or healthy smoothies.
Just a free weight’s throw away from Lifestyle Fitness Gold, health enthusiasts and exercisers fortify their physiques at Lifestyle Café Juice Bar, where staffers juice fresh fruits, veggies, flax seed, and wheatgrass. Meanwhile, organic juices and fruits compose blended smoothies for light meals and refreshing treats.
In Sweet Piece Dessert's bustling kitchen, pastry-bag points dispense tufts of frosting that rest atop cakes shrouded in fondant or swirls of buttercream. Custom cakes match the color schemes and themes of their surroundings at weddings and birthdays, and character cupcakes resemble favorite kids entertainers, such as Hello Kitty and Henry Kissinger. Confectioners also daub apples and pretzels with layers of chocolate drizzle, peanut butter, cashews, and roasted macaroon coconut, and dip strawberries in rich candy coatings.