Opened midsummer 2010 amid the mammoth movieplex at Westminster Promenade, Higgy's Ice Cream Shoppe provides a sweet way to cool down after scorching summer blockbusters. The locally produced ice creams mingle with other delectable dairy-mades, letting guests express their confectionary style by wrapping treats in fruit, candy, nuts, or fashion-magazine cutouts. Single-serve ice cream comes in 5-ounce ($3), 8-ounce ($4), and 12-ounce ($5) denominations (each mixed-in candy, fruit, or nut costs an additional $0.50), or patrons can tote home on-the-go pints ($7) and quarts ($9). Parents can perk up for marathon cartoon adaptations of The Iliad by ordering an espresso, latte, cappuccino, or other coffee product ($2.50 small, $3.25 large), and tincture it with a hint of flavoring ($.25 per addition). Besides caffeines and vanilla beans, Higgy's Ice Cream Shoppe also hawks sorbet, fro-yo, malts, smoothies, baked goods, and ice-cream cakes.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
For 30 years, Cakes by Karen has graced gatherings with handmade cupcakes, tortes, and cakes culled from a tasty arsenal of flavors, fillings, and icings. The colorful, creative desserts pair with a variety of occasions, from multitiered wedding cakes decked out with elegant floral designs and smooth icing to fondant-capped tortes in the shape of powdered wigs for Presidents' Day. In addition to baking eye-catching treats, Cakes by Karen furnishes partiers and newlyweds with limousine packages replete with champagne, deluxe stereo systems, and luxurious stretch-limo transportation.
Bakers fill La Patisserie Francaise with the sugary scents of fresh pastries crafted according to traditional recipes and cooking methods passed on from its French founder. Breakfast selections span the divide between sweet and savory with chocolate and almond croissants ($3 and under) and butter croissants before plates take lunchtime naps beneath warm crepe blankets snuggling a variety of fillings. Flocks of pastries such as raspberry- and chocolate-layered basilic, cupcakes ($3+), and amaretto éclairs gather behind clear panes of glass cases to collect fingerprints in hopes of finding the one that unlocks their crystalline prison. Punch cards earn their carrier large ice-cream bowls stacked with scoops of mint chocolate-chip, spumoni, strawberry cheesecake, and other flavors.
What Gluten Free Things lacks in, well, gluten, they make up for in camaraderie with their customers: The bakery knows it can be hard for anyone on a gluten-free diet to find the foods they want to eat, so the store often collaborates with other gluten-free food producers to make sure that customers know about a wide variety of locally available gluten-free foods and beverages.
That’s just in addition to the wide variety of gluten-free fare that Gluten Free Things has on its own. Like the most successful dating sites, GFT has both an online catalogue and a retail shop. They sell a selection of breads includes everything from crispy garlic crostini to soft, fresh bagels. Among the many sweets, they offer muffin bars and cookie squares in five flavors, including double chocolate brownie. There’s even a variety of ready-to-bake items are available, such as 2-pound tubs of cookie dough, balls of pizza dough, and take-and-bake pizzas.