As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.
In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.
Just Cakin’ It’s executive pastry chef, Jennifer Anderson, with the support of fellow cake designer and business partner Shelly Bakosh, dug deep into her creative consciousness to conjure up more than 100 cupcake varieties handcrafted out of dark Dutch-process cocoa, fresh fruit, and pure butter. The pastel-colored bakery's lineup of cupcakes serenade sweet teeth with five permanent flavors, including triple chocolate and red velvet, and nine funkier flavors that rotate every Tuesday. The talented bakers also personalize regular-size cakes for life's momentous occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and babies' first speeding ticket. Creamy milkshakes, frosty scoops of ice cream, and fresh-baked cookies round out the shop's saccharine selection.
Nostalgia tastes sweet at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a shop specializing in old-fashioned treats that many regulars fondly recall from the past. Confectioners slice creamy fudge on a marble slab and dunk crisp apples into caramel that bubbles in a traditional copper kettle. Strawberries are dipped in chocolate and fine chocolates and tubs of caramel-coated popcorn and nuts are packaged together in baskets There is much to drool over at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, including non-chocolate items like licorice and even dog treats dipped in a creamy white confection for man's best friend or a weird cousin. The chocolate factory also offers an app with special coupons, rewards card, and in-store deals.
The steady-handed beauticians at Eyebrow Art meticulously neaten eyebrows, upper lips, and other areas of the face with an ancient hair-removal technique that reveals smooth, fuzz-free skin. At their seven salon locations, they roll twists of cotton thread quickly over clients’ skin to remove hair at the follicle––a safer method of hair removal than standing next to a sneezing dragon. Throughout the process, clients lean back in comfortable chairs as the staff gently escorts unwanted stubble from the premises.
True to its name, many of the dishes at Clay Oven Grill & Bar are cooked inside a tandoor. Within the oven's heated clay depths, slabs of goat, lamb, chicken, and seafood sizzle, sending their aromas throughout the dining room. As the meats cook, chefs marinate them in a range of Indian sauces, from the salmon and jumbo shrimp's blend of yogurt and spices to the lamb's coconut-based curry. The tandoor isn't just for meat, however. The oven also fires up up naan stuffed with dried fruit, nuts, and cheeses, as well as vegetarian specialties such as the mushroom masala. Servers whisk each of these platters to guests seated at cushy booths in the dining room. During meals, the restaurant's walls glow with warm tones of saffron yellow and ruby red, offset by metal lanterns that glow when their genies are at home.