Decorative drapes, a chandelier, and houseplants on a white mantle lend Carrie Lyn's Ice Cream Parlor an elegant, inviting ambiance. Seated around wooden tables, patrons dip spoons into 16 flavors of ice cream, sip shakes, and devour treats like the cookie-laced Boonville Bellyache. The shop also prepares sandwiches such as the Tristy, which combines ham, bacon, swiss cheese, and avocado on a grilled ciabatta roll.
Mister Bulky doles out the largest selection of Jelly Belly jellybeans in the Midwest as the headliner to a gargantuan cast of confectionery classics. Rock-candy sticks ($.90) and Pop Rocks ($1.25) turn mouths into scrumptious excavation sites for mining bicuspids and spelunking molars. Classic offerings of candy corn ($6.99/lb.) and salt-water taffy ($6.99/lb.) evoke feelings of childhood bliss, and one-pound Jawbreakers prompt mouthwatering studies in diameter and circumference ($7.50/piece). Chocolate Ice Cubes ($11.99/lb.) melt in your mouth before a flapper-garb-wearing Charleston Chew dances across your taste buds ($1.25). Both Mister Bulky locations don candy-themed wall décor and end-to-end bins of sweets that, similar to child-run gambling rings, strike a playful balance between organization and childlike bliss.
Hot sandwiches and cold scoops of ice cream dominate the menu at The Eagle Scoop, a comfortable, all-American neighborhood spot that specializes in familiar, made-to-order meals. Diners can build custom sandwiches or paninis that arrive piled with turkey, swiss, and a variety of dressings. Smaller dishes such as cups of daily-made soup and chili-cheese dogs can round out meals or serve as their own meal. Diners can finish meals with ice cream, brownie sundaes, banana splits, or malts.
The bakers at The Cupcake Express blend fresh eggs, sugar, and cream to whip up moist, flavorful cakes topped with puffs of velvety frosting. Their cupcakes and mini cupcakes tempt sweet teeth with 14 epicurean flavors—including strawberry lemonade and chocolate with raspberry cream cheese—and icings that range from fluffy meringues to sweetened cream cheese. In addition, they dole out cheesecake bites that would be a hit at any Lilliputian birthday bash.
Once, upon adding the finishing whiskers to her custom wedding cake, Cherie stared in horror at what she had done. The cake looked exactly like an armadillo: beady eyes, bulbous armor, spindly claws. Concerned with its semblance to the rodent, Cherie insisted that her client come by and assess the cake before making her final decision to present it as her wedding centerpiece. The bride-to-be let out a squeal of joy. “I love it! It’s exactly what I wanted.” Cherie let out a sigh of relief.
Cherie, who has been decorating cakes for 30 years, admits that there’s no accounting for taste. Despite her personal opinions on armadillos, she was heartened by her client’s elation, which is ultimately why she began baking in first place. “It’s so much fun watching kids eat their first birthday cake that you’ve worked on for hours, or to get thank-you notes from brides who say your cake tastes just as good a year later, at their one-year anniversary.”
To ensure that smiles and thank-you notes continue to pour in, Cherie collaborates with clients to design the ideal treat for their celebrations. She reviews photos with them during in-person consultations, and even requests napkins and invitations in order to design a cake to complement each event’s aesthetic. After assembling her cakes, she swathes their fluffy exteriors with her sherry cream frosting, which adds an oaky and sweet finish.
The chefs at Settlers Inn refer to the recipes of yesteryear as they cook up steaks, chicken, and game the old-fashioned way at this cozy restaurant nestled in a log home. Even the desserts, such as cobblers and brownies, taste like they were made with a grandmother's TLC.
The myriad gourmet edibles plucked from the aisles of World Harvest Gourmet & International Foods stand ready and waiting to satisfy discerning tastes. With 15 categories to shop from, meals can be built completely from their meaty bottoms to their seasoned tops. One of the shop's best sellers is Moutarde de Meaux Pommery Mustard ($14.25), tasty with fine, aged cheese, such as parmigiano reggiano. Gnocchi, the teddy bear of pastas, finds its soft belly stuffed with tomato, potato, and spinach in Cucina Viva’s tri-color incarnation ($3.60). White stilton cheese with mango and ginger slices ($10) spreads from hors d’oeuvres to dessert, delicious with jam and crackers or whipped into an incredible cheesecake. Whatever fare customers select, it is sure to uphold World Harvest's high quality standards, pleasing the palates of both epicures and individuals unaware that food exists.