Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out ready-made treats, such as ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with all-natural juice, non-fat yogurt or sherbet, and ice ($3.49 junior, $4.49 regular, $5.49 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, non-fat yogurt or sherbets, soy or whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.29 regular, $6.29 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as tomato parmesan or spinach feta ($2.49 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, lemon poppyseed, and more ($1.99 each).
The Cookie Gourmet's team of dessert doyens constructs sugary delights that make ideal gifts for special occasions such as Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day shoppers can opt for the Lucky In Love Valentine candy bouquet, which combines 25 assorted fun-sized candy bars, a full-sized Hershey bar, and an affectionate note into an arrangement more deliciously artful than a staging of Hedda Gabler with an all gummy-bear cast. Alternatively, printed cookie tins, including the Happy Birthday tin ($26.95) and the Thanks a Million tin ($26.95) decorated with money-centric ribbons, bestow recipients with a smattering of assorted cookie flavors to express thoughtful messages such as "may you grow sweeter with age" or "good luck at your next dental exam." Customers in the hunt for an edible romantic gesture can give loved ones one-dozen long-stemmed cookies, made with six white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and six chocolate chip discs seated atop flora stems with silk leaves ($26.95).
The roasters at Coffee X Change ignite peaceful morning rituals with fresh-roasted regional beans procured from the fair-trade market. With a day's notice, customers can order one pound of house, Peaberry, or globetrotting beans from such coffee-rich regions as Costa Rica, Kenya, or New Guinea, and the expert java-whisperers roast the beans overnight. To satisfy the percolating preferences of all patrons, brew maestros can grind the batch of freshly cooked crop or leave the beans whole for personal grinding practice or delicious slingshot ammunition. Though the market price of each bean type varies, batches range from approximately $12.45–$14.45 per pound.
Opened in 1985, Yokohama Asian Express offers a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Asian cuisine. Made entirely without MSG, entrees include bowls that pair steamed white or brown rice with chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables, aided by sips of green tea. The restaurant also offers catering for large groups, with party platters or individual meals.
With one pull of a lever, patrons at Kona Beri dish their own servings of frozen yogurt. Then, they proceed to a topping buffet and embellish their treats with fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, nuggets of gold, and other delicacies. Finally, patrons set their confections on a scale and pay by the ounce.