The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
Stefano’s Gelato's sweet savants handcraft a staggering selection of creamy desserts that contain no hydrogenated fats and only 5%–7% butterfat. Gelato flavors rotate daily and seasonally, pleasing palates with English Truffle, white chocolate, banana-orange cream, or Snickers. Refreshing sorbetto flavors crafted with fruit and purified water will delight mouths by deluging them with morsels of chilly goodness in the form of wild berry, mango, or pink grapefruit. Stefano's dishes out treats by the ounce ($3 for 3 oz.), by the pint ($8), by the cone ($1 for a kids’ cone; $2 for a value cone), or by the bay. Guests exhausted from spoon-to-mouth routines can slurp up 16- or 20-ounce Italian sodas ($3.50; $4.50), Mexican cola ($1.50), and specialty sodas made with pure cane sugar and no high-fructose corn syrup.
Munch a gourmet treat from the bakery's comprehensive cookie collection ($1.25 each, baker’s dozen $11.50) or decadent display of dessert bars ($2.25 each, baker’s dozen $26.50), from german-chocolate brownies to lemon bars, which would hold only the most ascetic and self-depriving prisoners. Alternatively, delve into dairy with a slice of white-chocolate-raspberry, chocolate, or peach-strudel cheesecake ($4.95). Recently opened by two experienced bakers, Swirly Girls Bakery offers friendly customer service in a bright, colorful atmosphere backed by pink walls and 1950s-style lighting fixtures. The bakery's time-tested recipes are baked in small batches using high-quality ingredients to ensure each bite tastes like it was flown in from the isle of indulgence, a water-locked geographical location that mostly consists of frosting.
Annie Defa learned a lot in her 10 years in the coffee-shop industry, including how to select the choicest beans from among thousands. She puts this knack into action on a weekly basis, consulting with her local roaster to supply the shop with the aromatic blends she brews into steaming mugs or transforms into specialty drinks. She and her crew also bake up croissants, cookies, and muffins fresh each morning. In the summertime, an outdoor patio supplements the café’s intimate indoor space, and free WiFi ensures that clients stay up-to-date with emails, news, and the latest styles of cappuccino-foam mustaches.
Working out of a postal truck repurposed as a mobile bakery, Street Sweets & Eats’ owners Stacey and Jake bake and deliver a menu of cake pops, creatively flavored cupcakes, and sandwiches. Raspberry-filled lemon cake, chocolate chips and cookie dough, and coconut-topped vanilla cream stand out among 11 other inventive cupcake flavor combinations which, along with their other snacks, can be purchased directly from the truck or ordered in bulk for catering.
Roman literature describes how Emperor Nero enjoyed the rarest of all treats: fruit juices and wines chilled in mountain snow. Several thousand years of technological development have unlocked the ability for everyone to enjoy what was once a snack fit only for royalty and to do so in a health-conscious way. Planet Yogurt serves a daily rotating cast of 12 flavors of frozen yogurt, which is low in fat and rich in probiotics. More than 50 toppings—from fresh-sliced fruit to crushed classic candy—wait to dust the tops of self-served-yogurt mountains.
The walls match the vibrant colors of the snacks and toppings with lime greens, warm reds, and bright oranges. As visitors scarf down their frozen treats, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs keep them entertained with sitcoms and the weatherman’s fanciful tales of good and evil.