Owner Dixie Evans, who once studied under renowned pastry chefs Ron Ben-Israel and Minette Rushing, teams up with fellow baker Sarah Henson to craft unique sweet treats in a plethora of mouthwatering flavors. Nibble through a dozen regular cupcakes or go gourmet with 12 specialty cupcakes in flavors such as turtle sundae, carrot cake, red velvet and peach blossom, plucked fresh from the orchard. Libation lovers can ditch the straw and consume their favorite drinks in a solid state with cupcake varieties including piña colada, strawberry margarita, and mocha coffee cream.
The Littlest Cake Shop's owner and baker Brandy Huffman crafts an ever-changing menu of made-from-scratch cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other treats. Specialty cupcake creations come in 10 varieties, including the nostalgic Mom's Apple Pie, built from snickerdoodle cake with apple-cinnamon filling and accoutered with vanilla buttercream, cinnamon sugar, and graham crackers. Open your cuisine gate to cheer up a malcontent palate with the Dirt Cup, a concoction of chocolate cake and icing, Oreos, and gummy worms, or sink chewing devices into the strawberry-infused Princess cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles. Like werewolves, the cupcake bar is not always available, so orders for cupcakes must be placed at least two days in advance.
Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24-ounce low-fat fruit smoothie ($3.99), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry, banana, and pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry, strawberry, and banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical Smoothie Café's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a bistro sandwich ($6.29) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with mouths for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit. Menus and prices may vary slightly at different locations.
In addition to their traditional staples, Gimme Some Sugar Bakeshoppe's pastry pros whip up custom-designed baked goods, making everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. Cupcakes come by the dozen in flavors such as margarita and strawberry cheesecake, many topped with buttercream frosting and drizzlings of caramel, children's birthday wishes, or chocolate sauce. Sweet treats such as earthquake brownies ($1.50 each) hobnob with gourmet cookies ($1 each) inside the shop's display cases. Meanwhile, an 8-inch red-velvet or italian cream cake ($30 each) makes for a savory anytime treat, and standard pies with homemade crust and real fruit filling ($15) easily one-up a nosy neighbor when perched on a windowsill or launched at their front door. For distinguished desserts, Gimme Some Sugar specializes in custom-decorated cakes, which can be designed to celebrate any special person, holiday, or occasion.
After leading the University of Arkansas Cardinals' football team to an epic 16–0 victory against LSU in 1909, coach Hugo Bezdek referred to his players as "a wild band of Razorback hogs." The nickname quickly caught on, and the team has since embraced both the name and the mascot's wild ferocity, as evidenced by a tenacious fighting style and the players' uncanny ability to locate truffles buried in the end zone. With apparel, jewelry, and housewares bearing the legendary helmet hog, The Hog Zone—unaffiliated with the university itself—helps fans and alumni celebrate more than 100 years of UA pigskin tradition. In addition to stocking car decals, earrings, and T-shirts for both kids and adults, The Hog Zone hosts football-themed birthday parties for all complete with games and activities such as learning dances and chants to cheer on the team during physics exams.