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.
At The Cupcake Kitchen and Luncheonette, owner Jennifer O’Connel shows off her cupcake making skills. Mixers churn locally made butter and natural extracts into batter, creating delectable flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet to bake into individual puffs. After pulling pans from the oven, the baking team swirls on frosting and sprinkles toppings, dressing each pastry for attendance at parties, holiday dinners, or liquid diet breakdowns. Before patrons come by to claim their frosted dozen, the pastries take up temporary residence in the 1950s-themed shop, basking in the glory of an artificial-additive-free existence.
Supreme Bakery whips up imaginative baked goods just one mile from Thomas Edison's own inventor's laboratory. This juxtaposition is apt, given the bakery's penchant for cakes that resemble open books, designer handbags, sneakers, basketball jerseys, and even invisible friends. However, fanciful presentations don't trump the Stolz family's decades-long commitment to old-fashioned baking techniques. For more than 35 years, Supreme Bakery has baked an extensive selection of certified-kosher goods onsite and from scratch daily. The bakers prepare everything from New York?style donuts, artisan breads, and ?clairs to multi-tiered, meticulously sculpted wedding cakes. Not all of the bakers' efforts go to feeding customers, though. Supreme Bakery also gives back to the community by regularly donating food to three local soup kitchens.
At Frozen In Time Ice Cream Parlour, visitors can savor frosty treats such as Hershey's ice cream and ice-cream cakes, or opt for healthy indulgences such as smoothies and soft-serve frozen yogurt with natural cultures. Servers also brew specialty café drinks and squeeze rejuvenating wheatgrass shots at a juice bar.