Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at its sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24-ounce, low-fat fruit smoothie ($4.29), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry/banana/pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry/strawberry/banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical Smoothie Café's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a bistro sandwich ($6.49) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and Jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with your mouth for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit. Menus and prices may vary slightly at different locations.
When people walk into Stan the Donut Man, they often inquire if Stan is still around. Store manager Jodi Fryman says he’s not; after he ran the shop for more than two decades, he sold it to his then employee, Janet Foster—Jodi’s mom—more than 14 years ago. But Janet, Jodi, and their staff still use his original recipes to craft their from-scratch treats. All day long, they’re pulling caramel-iced cinnamon rolls, blueberry cake donuts, custard-filled donuts, and chocolate cupcakes fresh from the oven.
The bakers let everything cool before making deliveries to area eateries and stores, but at Stan the Donut Man, customers can choose from still-warm treats. Though the shops are on the small side, there’s indoor and outdoor space for people to sit and enjoy their treats, especially at the Xenia location, which has more seating. But the from-scratch donuts are popular by the dozen for customers to take back home or bring to office proms.
Evans Bakery has sweets for every season. Its pies, whose flavors range from pumpkin to peanut butter, are perfect for fall feasts. For winter, nosh on a plate of the bakery's cookies, available in regular rounds or seasonal shapes, such as snowflakes and bells. For spring's first picnic, take a fresh loaf of Evans Bakery's bread to the park. The bakers also whip up custom cakes, such as this summery one, shaped like a pair of flip-flops. And year-round, the bakery serves the Best Glazed Donut in the Miami Valley, an honor bestowed upon the bakery by the Dayton Municipal Court in 2013.
The bakers at Frosted Cupcakery employ old-fashioned elbow grease and quality ingredients to condense gigantic gourmet-cake flavor into tiny bite-sized confections. With 14 daily flavors, a handful of seasonally rotating specialties, and a constantly replenished fresh-baked stock throughout the day, Frosted Cupcakery features ample treat opportunities. Royal white cupcakes are crowned with a choice of chocolate, vanilla, nutella, or coconut vanilla buttercream, and red velvet cakes are shrouded in rich cream-cheese frosting. Seasonal flavors such as pumpkin, orange, strawberry, and October flavor-of-the-month orange chocolate chip, topped with orange chocolate buttercream, are only available until the weather cools, forcing cupcake trees to hibernate for the winter.
Most popular offering: Chocolate, shortbread, fudge
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Let us know you're a new customer. We will show you around.
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are a family owned and operated chocolate shoppe. Our chocolate is a unique blend of light and dark chocolates that you won't find anywhere else. We create each piece individually, onsite, in our candy kitchen. We have been using the same recipes and handmade techniques for 30 years. Our shortbread cookies are also baked onsite from a very traditional recipe. Everything is made with fresh and simple ingredients.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
My love of chocolate and making people happy.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"I've traveled all over Europe and the U.S, and sampled many chocolates. This is by far the best chocolate I've ever had."
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Creating handmade confections and working with customers that truly enjoy the quality of our products.
The Winans family has been making lives a little sweeter for more than a century. During the Great Depression, townspeople would flock to the family’s bakery in Piqua with their sugar rations. Owner Wayne Winans would take that sugar and turn it into freshly baked cookies—a small pick-me-up at a time when even small pick-me-ups were a luxury. Years later, Wayne’s sons, Max and Dick, carried the family torch into the 1960s, when the first Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees was born.
Today, the Winans family continues to do what it does best at three Ohio locations. All of the business’s chocolates are handmade, with no preservatives or fillers, and never cryogenically frozen. The family’s emphasis on freshness carries over to their coffee, too, which has frequently been named the area's best by the readers of the Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Daily News. The secret is in their roasting process—their small, 15-pound roaster requires them to roast the beans in small batches, which leads to a more consistent product. Once the beans are ready, coffee artisans carefully combine them with other roasts to create a vast assortment of flavors, which includes 11 house coffee blends, 12 flavored coffees, and even more seasonal selections.