It takes but fresh fruit and a bit of ice to make many of Rita’s of Bridgeport’s signature treats, whose ingredients are made daily. More than 50 rotating flavors—such as Swedish Fish and mango peach—come in standard and sugar-free varieties to cool down most any craving. Customers can order their ices straight up, fill kiddie pools with them, or blend or layer them with decadent frozen custard in seven flavors, such as strawberry, coffee, and light vanilla. The custards come Italian ice-free as well, spiraled into cones or cups with sprinkles and hot fudge or blended with candy mix-ins.
When not serving the masses, Rita’s tends to the needs of local groups and organizations with fundraising opportunities. Sports teams and schools can organize money-raising “scoop nights,” sell quarts of custard around town, or purchase gift cards.
Darlene Delaney and Sue Bisesi are best friends and cousins who also describe themselves as the Lucy and Ethel of the cupcake industry. That's because they each bring a special skill set to SuzieCakes, the bakery they opened together after months of planning from opposite coasts. Darlene pilots the business side of the operation and researches new products, and Sue expertly mixes the batter and buttercream frosting for the shop’s signature cakes and cupcakes. Today, the team is united in their “neighborhood boutique cupcakery,” where customers can peruse a menu of nearly 100 flavors with deliciously creative twists. Examples include a chinese-five-spice cake with brown-butter frosting, and the Balsamic Blast, a cake that melds sweet strawberries and strawberry-balsamic buttercream with the gentle bite of a balsamic-reduction glaze. Cake pops, whoopee pies, and buttercream truffles are also ideal for commemorating special occasions, and frosting shots deliver sweet buttercream pick-me-ups perfect after hard days spent stealing John Wayne’s footprints.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft-serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Atop a table in a soothing white massage room, clients unwind with calming massages administered by the adroit hands at Red Wine Spa. Here, visitors can take comfort in the fragrant bliss of aromatherapy and the welcome heat of hot-stone massages; alternatively, they can relish the human companionship of a couples massage, which makes it easier to believe that there are no monsters lurking under the massage table. Other ameliorative treatments include ear-candle therapy and traditional foot reflexology.
At Lizzy's Lollicakes, it's all about one thing: the cakepops. The fun but smartly portioned treat comes in a large variety of flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo.