For more than 35 years, Mastro's Ice Cream has brought smiles to the faces of customers of all ages with hand-dipped cones towering with ice cream in flavors such as black cherry, maple walnut, and Mackinaw Island fudge. Less than a nautical mile from the shores of Lake St. Clair, the air-conditioned ice cream shop houses more than 40 flavors of creamy goodness from Stroh's, as well as frozen custard, flurries, drumsticks, and waffle cones. Hand-spun malts made with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry offer ice-cold sips of old-fashioned flavor, while fresh fruit smoothies deliver doses of Vitamin C. And to ensure eat treat is perfectly tasty and not mashed potatoes in disguise, the staff taste and test all their treats and flavors.
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.
Everybody’s dream sundae is different, which is why Chocolate Bar Cafe named its most customizable ice-cream treat The Fantasy. In its massive bowl, bananas, whipped cream, nuts, cherries, and six toppings of your choice smother six scoops of your favorite ice-cream flavors. With more than 30 ice-cream flavors—from burgundy cherry to maple walnut—the staff is confident that Chocolate Bar Cafe can meet your taste buds’ needs.
The shop was originally opened in 1921 by Louis Alinosi, whose recipes still grace the ice-cream cases. Though current owner Lisa Corbin keeps Alinosi’s traditions alive, she’s also expanded the café to incorporate a greater range of sweets. Each morning, bakers top gourmet cupcakes—whose 30 flavors include orange creamsicle, double chocolate, and boston cream—with housemade icing. Similar flavors and designs can be incorporated into custom cakes to celebrate birthdays or your puppy’s first steps. Boxed chocolates and truffles round out the café’s edibles, which can be complemented with an extensive selection of sodas, coffees, and hot chocolates.
At Aretée, owner Olga Tecos and her staff remedy skin ailments and muscular maladies with a full line of massages and facials for men, women, and teens. The spa's aestheticians help improve skin complexion with botanical-based Aveda skincare products, which use no animal byproducts, pore-clogging oils, or tails of newt. The spa also offers spa parties and the services of a wedding planner and professional photographer, and beauty products and diverse skincare lines address skincare issues with moisturizers, cleansers, and masks.
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.