Over the past four decades, Starbucks has bloomed from a single coffee shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market to more than 17,000 stores responsible for caffeinating 55 countries. The company’s smiling, green-aproned baristas have become the mascots of many people’s morning routine, pouring cups of dark, medium, and blonde roast for coffee purists and adding shots of caramel or white chocolate to more elaborate espresso creations and treats such as a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa, and tea that protect the farmers and bioregions they come from. These efforts have earned the company a spot on Ethisphere's 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
Close to the shores of Copano Bay, Crofutt's Sandwich Shop & Bakery has been slinging sandwiches in made-from-scratch buns alongside fresh-baked cookies and breads for more than 33 years. Sandwich selections come stacked with turkey and avocado ($5.95) or in a stately pile deemed the ham-and-swiss supreme ($5.95), and fresh garden salad ($4.95) dresses up in a stately robe of house dressing. The shrimp po boy ($6.40) makes for a hearty seafood lunch and disassembles into bun paddles for pickup games of shrimp pong. Crofutt’s also hosts a slew of fresh-baked goods, all made from whole-grain flours. Diners can nosh on cinnamon rolls of warm banana-nut bread, then exploit their sugar magic to dominate the fishing, crabbing, and boating activities that the nearby coast has to offer.
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Though many fro-yo shops have sprung up in recent years, TCBY is no newcomer to the scene. Since 1981, its shops have been scooping, swirling, and topping their lower-fat treat in crunchy candy and fruity sprinkles—but that doesn't mean they've been coasting. They're still innovating, whether it's tweaking standby flavors or developing their signature honey-vanilla Greek frozen yogurt that dishes out protein and fiber without any fat. Fro-yo artisans blend up Beriyo smoothies in flavors such as mangolada and purely peach or infuse Shivers with a choice of sweet topping options. To celebrate a birthday or a jury-duty-selection-pool reunion, you can opt for frozen yogurt cakes and pies. The piece-accommodating treats are layered with frozen yogurt and rich toppings to forge flavors such as chocolate decadence and peanut-buttery fudge pie.
Cheryl Durham, the owner of Lollycakes Cupcakes, is watching her dreams come true before her very eyes. Inside her shop, these visions often materialize as delicious cupcakes and treats crafted from scratch using gourmet recipes. Her tasty creations include flavors such as the Black Sheep, which houses a cookies ‘n’ cream cheesecake cupcake within an Oreo-cookie crust. She also whips up frozen LollyShakes, which blend your choice of Lollycake with milk and ice cream. In addition to dispensing sweet treats from her storefront, Cheryl also caters events including baby showers, birthdays, weddings, and business tea parties.
The CupCake Shoppe’s culinary magicians conjure up a daily menu of delectable cakes from scratch, casting a shrinking spell on each mixture of real butter, fresh fruits, and pure extracts to pack it in a dainty demitasse. Eschewing preservatives and boxed mixes, the shop’s bakers opt instead for a handpicked selection of creative cupcake flavors such as pink champagne and snickerdoodle culled from the region’s choicest sugar shrubs and cotton-candy trees. A silken variety of buttercream, whipped-cream, and cream-cheese icings come in up to 10 colors and flavors each day. Vanilla buttercream forms a snowy summit on miniature mountains of red velvet, and its chocolate counterpart casts a looming shadow of decadence over vanilla cupcakes. Along with these regular flavors, a changing weekly menu includes such delights as cookie dough, blueberry cobbler, and rocky road, the last of which leads to a sweetly sacred Stonehenge of chocolate and marshmallows.