Using knives, scalpels, and adamantium claws, Twisted Ice's talented ice whisperers transform frozen blocks of filtered Culligan water into snowy swans that easily soak up generous spritzes of aftershave syrup in more than 50 flavors. Orally embrace local legends such as tiger’s blood, pickle juice, and salty lemon ices ($1.50/small, $2.25/medium, $3/large), or eschew old-fashioned sugar with a Splenda-kissed drift of Maui Wowee. Gustatory adventurers can befuddle their senses with the vegetal crunches of a frozen pickle ($1). Crown a shaved-ice concoction queen with drizzles of cream and a garland of ice cream ($0.50 each), or follow the Milky Way to Gandy's ice cream, which can either be enthroned in a cone ($1) or buoyed in frosted root-beer floats ($2.50). Twisted Ice plies its toothsome trade Monday–Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Family-owned and '50s-inspired, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe specializes in self-serve frozen yogurt, custom milkshakes, and customized sundaes. Salted caramel, creamy cheesecake, chilled cubes of fresh pineapple, and whole blueberries and rasberries decorate frozen yogurt, whose flavors include strawberry, chocolate mint, hazelnut, pistachio, and pound cake. Like the color of trees and the fashion of chameleons, these flavors change with the seasons, with eggnog and pumpkin making appearances in the colder months. In addition to sating singular sweet teeth, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe hosts parties for all occasions.
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Abilene: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power." If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (10 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll be emailed a gift certificate the next morning. You can print your Groupons or redeem them with our mobile app. Use them whenever you want until the deal expires–today's expires in six months. If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
A spacious smoke shop situated in downtown Abilene, The Leaf offers an aromatic array of cigars, pipes, and other smoldering smoke accessories. Let experienced tobacconists take you on a tour of The Leaf's walk-in humidor that features thousands of cigars, including Oliva brand ($4–$9), lauded on many occasions by Cigar Aficionado, and fragrant pipe tobacco, such as Samuel Gawith and McClelland ($4.50–$6.50 per ounce). Caffeine cravers can pair their purchase with a pound of quality java ($10.50), packaged by local roasting company Duncan Coffee. The Leaf also provides an extensive selection of elegant tobacco pipes for those desiring to look dignified in spite of the Groucho Marx mustache that’s tattooed to their face.
Sweet Celebrations offers more than 35 scrumptious flavors of cupcakes ($.65-$1.75), with a selection that is balanced and rotated daily. Fuel up on creamy classics such as boston cream pie, carrot cake, german chocolate, or red velvet. Sweet Celebrations also features fruity favorites such as peaches and cream, lemon, and strawberry, or exciting exotics, such as tiramisu and horchata.