From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
During the signature mani-pedi, one of Simply Nails' experienced technicians files nail edges before trimming and cleaning unruly cuticles. OPI polish in the customer's chosen color spills onto keratin canvases before a 7-minute foot massage eases paws' stresses from outrunning cartoon coyotes. The deluxe mani-pedi bestows the aforementioned nail trimming, cleaning, and coloring as well as a skin-nourishing foot mask, infusing human hooves with nutrients that replace toxins evicted by the deluxe's extended 15-minute foot massage. Finally, a hot-stone massage warms troublesome areas, ripening them to optimal kneadability for a muscle-mending massage therapist or near-perfect Stretch Armstrong impersonations.
Domino's recently reformulated its pizza recipe, which puts the buyer in command of a plentitude of pie-personalizing possibilities. Test the sturdiness of a hand-tossed thin crust with mounds of hearty marinara, ham, chicken, green peppers, black olives, and spinach, or fill a deep-dish foundation with alfredo sauce, bacon, onions, jalapeños, fresh mushrooms, and banana peppers. While delicious design options stretch into infinity like a taffy pull in a black hole, the eatery's specialty pizzas make choosing more manageable. Peruse pies like the MeatZZa Feast, which is piled high with pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, beef, and extra mozzarella, and the Pacific Veggie, a flashy West Coast–concoction of roasted red peppers, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives, feta, mozzarella, and provolone.
At Dulce Dessert Boutique, fluffy frosting and moist, sweet cake are a siren's call to everyone who comes inside. It only helps that the shop's glass cases safely stow rows of cupcakes decorated with neon icing, homemade popcorn, and chocolate covered pretzels. But that's just the tip of what the bakers here dream up every day. Of their offerings, cake pops come with bright candy coatings and frosted cookies can be personalized, like with the name "Randy" to reflect the first name you wish you always had. In a departure from the standard cake flavors most bakeries offer, the specialty here is a classic Dominican cake that highlights the flavors of the Caribbean. Custom celebration cakes are also popular, with peanut butter cup and cinnamon crunch flavors in addition to artistic buttercream and fondant decorations to match a theme or style preference.
Layers of colorful jellybeans stripe a curvy jar, chocolate-covered pretzels fill a glass bowl, and rows of rock candy line up neatly within rectangular vases. Artistic displays such as these are the hallmark of Candyland Buffet’s custom services, which can reflect the theme or color scheme of a special event such as a wedding or bat mitzvah. For every buffet, a team member meticulously arranges treats in an array of distinct jars and sets out scoops and bags so guests may easily serve themselves. Patrons can sweeten their buffets with special touches such as a designated service attendant and luxury chocolates from Ghirardelli or Godiva. Because sweets, like bathroom attendants, should also be enjoyed at home, customers can order shipments of fresh-baked cookies or sign up for six-month Candy of the Month Club memberships.
At Ray's Pizza, specialty pies rub culinary elbows with Italian mainstays including hot and cold subs and stromboli. Deluxe pies combine the tastes of pepperoni, italian sausage, ham, mushrooms, onion, green peppers, and black olives; other specialties include a greek pizza, a Mediterranean treat with olive oil, spinach, black olives, and feta and mozzarella cheese. Build-your-own pies let customers tops crusts with one of seven different sauces before loading them with toppings such as pepperoni, olives, pineapple, and chicken and wearing them right out of the store. Subs run the sandwich gamut from philly cheesesteak to chicken parm, and desserts include Snickers cake, fluffy tiramisu, and italian zeppole—fried dough dusted with cinnamon and sugar.