At Lebanon's community-centric DQ Grill & Chill, the signature Blizzard attracts a loyal following with its mingling of classic candies and other toppings blended with ice cream. The friendly, family-run staff loads real fruit into premium fruit smoothies and piles scrumptious toppings and confections onto soft-serve Royal treat sundaes. An array of predecorated cakes is encapsulated within the in-store freezer case, and DQ staffers can also design custom slogans for cakes, such as “Happy Birthday!” or "No Pets Allowed." In addition to its diverse population of creamy desserts, several of which are dairy-free, the treatery doles out savory bites such as chicken-strip baskets and hamburgers.
A love of their community inspires Laura and Quincy Land, owners of The CoffeeHouse and Salon Systems. At their cozy café, they serve up piping-hot beverages culled from imported, fair-trade beans. Putting her expert barista skills to use, Laura meticulously brews drinks such as chai tea and cappuccino that tastily complement the freshly baked desserts she crafts daily. Adjoined to the coffeehouse is a quaint salon, where guests can enter to get milk mustaches trimmed after their meal.
Treat generators at The Bakery Shoppe craft each bakery item and customized cake from scratch with natural ingredients. Hearty loaves of country-white ($2.88) and black-olive tomato bread ($4.48) sit juxtaposed against appetite teasers such as single turnovers ($1.49 each) and filled donuts ($0.85 each). Cookies on sticks ($2 each) serve as swords against hungry birds and as essential elements in birthday bouquets. Giant Elvis Presley cupcakes ($3 each) lull frosting eaters to sleep with their immense size and gentle ballads, and nonalcoholic chocolate-martini cocktail cupcakes (two for $6) induce visions of happy hours. Sink sweet teeth into french pastries such as Napoleons ($2.19 each) and crème puffs ($1.99 each) or an all-American caramel apple pie ($8.98 each).