The team of fruit mixologists at Planet Smoothie has nothing to hide when it comes to making its cold creations. Whether blending a weight-loss smoothie or a protein shake, the team knows exactly what's going into each of its concoctions—which consist primarily of fresh fruit and yogurt—and recite the all-natural ingredients list at customers' behest or unprompted, in the middle of the night, just for the joy of it. Every day, customers can choose from the shop’s list of proven-delicious smoothie combinations or come up with their own custom mixes with ingredients such as mango and açaí or add-ins such as oatmeal or super greens. This commitment to healthy, no-nonsense smoothies started at a single store in Atlanta in 1995 and has fueled Planet Smoothie's constant pursuit of healthier and tastier ingredients to add to its list, which includes the newer addition of a low-calorie sweetener made from the extracts of stevia and agave plants.
The friendly clothing cleansers at Martinizing Dry Cleaning have been scrubbing enrobements in an eco-friendly manner since upgrading to new GreenEarth technology. Get blouses ($5.20), slacks ($5.20), and golf shirts ($4.50) cleaned, freshly dried, and folded, with services also available for plain dresses ($8.95), as well as sports coats and blazers ($5.80). The noble employees will confront any stain with strong words and all the dirt-scattering ammo in their arsenal, ensuring garments return to customers soft, clean, and smelling like pastoral Latvian pancake houses.
Helmed by cake designer Mercedes Strachwsky, Bake Me a Cake is stuffed with sugary morsels that have sweet-talked celebrity palates including Paris Hilton and Shaquille O'Neal. Gluten-free french macaroons sandwich sweet fillings and edible berets between two tiny cookies, alluring eaters with an array of flavors and a spectrum of psychedelic colors. Bakers box up a dozen small cupcakes, bite-size creations available in 24 cake flavors including amaretto, pumpkin, german chocolate, and hazelnut.
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery utilizes ingredients from around the world and fresh dairy from local farms to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. The frozen slab enables expert dippers and mixers to gently incorporate your choice of candies, nuts, and more into the ice cream on the spot. Grab a heaping dish of original flavors ($3.79 for a regular size) such as pumpkin, honey, bubblegum, mango, and amaretto, or opt for the hefty Big Dipper size ($4.89), which comes standard with one mix-in such as cashews or Kit Kat pieces ($0.59 for additional mix-ins). Enjoy your custom creation in a cup or a freshly baked waffle cone, which can also be painted orange to mark off hazardous potholes in living-room floors.
A Barbie doll is wearing an ornate pink dress, with a huge skirt puffing outward. Despite how realistic it looks, Barbie's five-layer fashion statement is the not the work of a toy designer, but the handiwork of Danielle Wilson, the baker behind Vanilla Bean Bakery. Danielle sells her handcrafted cupcakes and specialty cakes via phone, carefully customizing each order to customer needs. It all started when she supplied her young nephew, a budding athlete, with a basketball-shaped cake on his birthday. She discovered she has a knack for cake-based artistry, which led her to start her own business meticulously sculpting the complex cakes, such as Barbie, whose highly detailed dress represented nearly a day's worth of work. Danielle's specialty cake masterpieces have included an alligator, popular cartoon characters, and her street’s first buttercream fire hydrant.