As a popular saying goes, “To drink is human; to drink coffee is divine.” Summerbrook Community Church has apparently taken this adage to heart, as the local ministry pours steamy, caffeinated beverages at its own café, Center Point Coffee. Bowlegged stools sidle up to the espresso bar at this friendly meeting place where baristas bustle about under the orange-hued light cast by hanging lamps. At intimate tables, guests can chat over cups of the daily brew or pour specialty espresso drinks down their shirts for a quick pick-me-up.
Substituting healthful probiotics for the fat and Slim-Jims preferred by other frozen-treat chains, Yobe refreshes taste buds with guilt-free spoonfuls of all-natural self-serve yogurt. Made with organic milk, fruit, and no artificial sweeteners, each ounce of yogurt packs a mere 25 calories, resulting in icy spoonfuls that are lighter and more refreshing than a fashion magazine printed on a feather. The shop's soft-serve machines dish out 31 classic and exotic flavors such as açaí berry, passion fruit, lychee, and vanilla ($0.49/oz.). After piling bowls high with choices from 26 toppings—including fresh bananas, kiwi, and pineapple or m&ms, cookie dough, and peanut-butter cups—formerly tone-deaf taste buds may find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
The devoted bakers at each Cookies by Design location bury their knuckles in soft dough and sweet frosting to craft top-notch treats for all manner of occasions. Whether customers are prepping for a birthday, a time to give thanks, or beekeeper appreciation day, Cookies by Design will cater to their sentiment-slinging needs by customizing a colorful bouquet or another edible display. Individually decorated cookies start at $7.50 each, and birthday baskets start at $15.99. The NCAA survival kit ($39.99+) makes a perfect gift for a spirited college freshman and offers a singular opportunity to literally eat the opposing team for breakfast. Orders should be placed at least 24 hours in advance so that cookie seeds have ample time to soak up milk and sprout into full-grown desserts.
TCBY serves 96%–98% fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures to assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Patrons can savor an assortment of silky soft-serve flavors, such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse, served in a cup, in a cone, or at the center of a collection of Russian nesting dolls ($2.89–$3.85). Succulent smoothies, meanwhile, offer a coalesced concoction of real dairy and blended bushels of fruit. Banana splits ($4.99) and sundaes ($4.09–$3.99) deliver old-fashioned ice-cream-parlor delights without the extra calories or forced conscription into a barbershop quartet. Textured toppings such as M&Ms, sprinkles, and chocolate chips ($0.79) add layers of edible nuance to cups, cones, and palates. Conjure sweet spells of creativity via TCBY's specialty menu of layered parfaits ($3.99) or yogurt shakes ($3.65–$4.85).
Ron Haynes and his daughter, Jessie, have built a business from smiling faces. They don't snap yearbook photos or transform dentist gloves into balloon animals. Instead, they helm teeth-whitening shops and private office locations where smiles are brightened up to 10 shades. Since 2005, they have brightened over 50,000 smiles across five states. The locations in North Carolina and Georgia offer either convenience at their South Park Mall kiosk or privacy at their office locations. Armed with Beaming White, an FDA-approved teeth-whitening system that pairs a peroxide-based gel with a UV-free LED light, their team of technicians helps clients brighten their choppers by exposing teeth so the gel and light reach every inch of enamel. Once the light unites with the gel, coffee, tea, and grass stains begin to vanish. Teeth continue to lighten after the treatment, achieving a color that's 3-10 shades whiter over the course of 24 hours. With proper care, results can last up to 12 months, or roughly the time it takes to adapt the phonebook into a comedic opera.
In six locations around the Charleston area, King Street Grille rolls out upscale pub fare and a few dozen flat-screen televisions. Full of contemporary versions of traditional bar favorites, the menu unfolds to reveal mac ‘n’ cheese egg rolls, nine types of grilled, hand-formed burgers, and plates weighed down with comforting entrees, such as pork chops and Chicken Madeira. The bar stocks more than 100 beers and its own line of liquor to wash down meals or offer as gifts to the thirsty actors who reenact big games inside the TV. Throughout the week, the eatery pairs good food with good times by transforming its space into a venue for trivia nights, billiards, and live music.