Razzles, Sky Bars, Zotz, Bull’s Eyes. The sisters who co-own The Village Sweet Shoppe purposely stock a section of nostalgic candies whose names leave most contemporary youths scratching their heads. Nonetheless, visitors of all ages grow wide-eyed over rows and rows of bins filled with colorful gummy bears, sour watermelons, malt balls, nonpareils, espresso beans, and taffies, and many find themselves sneaking a bite the moment their self-served scoops are rung up. Like Proust's madeleine cake or George Washington's boyhood wig, the candies transport visitors back to their childhoods, which was the ultimate goal of proprietors Joie Smith and Kate Mayer. When they're not tracking down hard-to-find sweets, the sisters take their goods on the go, stocking candy buffets or chocolate fountains at local weddings and birthday parties.
A blue neon light illuminates the sushi bar at Izumi Sushi Asian Bistro & Lounge, its tint creating the illusion that the bar is floating atop a pool of azure water. Judging from the freshness of the octopus, tuna, and salmon, this might as well be the case. Sushi chefs slice these fish before delicately rolling them with sticky rice and seaweed and artfully presenting them on plates. Back in the kitchen, their counterparts sizzle steaks and lobster tails and deep-fry chicken and vegetables for crunchy tempura dishes. Their menu features a wide swath of pan-Asian cuisine, from Indian pancakes and general tso’s chicken to fortune cookies ensconced in Thai lettuce wraps.
At Saratoga Coffee Traders, the nods to faraway lands begin at a counter decorated with burlap sacks from around the world and culminate with the freshly brewed coffee. The intimate caf? serves 10 coffees ranging from light to dark, including a handful of seasonal and flavored blends. Specialty hot and iced coffee drinks and an array of breakfast sandwiches with toppings such as avocado and meat or lox and cream cheese round out the menu. Weathered hardwood furnishings and board games lend the space a homey feel.
Piper Boutique features a rotating cast of apparel and accessories that keep up with the latest trends. Stylists offer personal attention and suggestions to help customers create casual and dressy outfits from collections such as BB Dakota, Aryn K, Ellison, Gorjana, and Sugarlips.
The family behind Plum Dandy created a caf?-like environment where friends and neighbors can relish fresh frozen yogurt, smoothies, floats, bubble tea, and each other. Passionate about their community, guests can play board games and twinkle among the flashy lights.
That passion extends to the health of the community, as crew members prepare all of their treats onsite daily, assuring that everything they dish out is nutritious. To complement the music and fine eats, the news stores in Troy and Malta have clean, whimsical modern decor with a swirly path in the floor that leads to the gleaming yogurt machines. The space in Saratoga Springs exudes a caf? atmosphere in which sleek wood floors and exposed-brick walls comprise the interior d?cor. Outside, benches provide sidewalk seating, where passersby are 80% more likely to compliment a patron?s yogurt selection or posture.