The vibrant lime walls at Peaks Frozen Yogurt Bar merely hint at the intense flavors hidden beneath the folds and swirls of its frozen treats. A set of 15–18 dispensers dishes out low-fat, non-fat, and tart frozen yogurt, as well as sorbet, in a variety of rotating flavors. That flavor roster includes Hawaiian pineapple, pomegranate raspberry tart, and sweet coconut. After making their selection, patrons of the sweeteries' three locations—including the newest location, in Issaquah Commons—peruse the toppings bar for any combination of the 40 available treats, such as M&Ms, fresh fruit, and pecan chunks.
At locations in more than a dozen states, U-Swirl delivers more than 40 flavors of frozen yogurt packed with live and active cultures and designed in low-fat, non-fat, and sugar-free varieties. Self-serve machines line the shop?s lime green walls, ready for customers to dispense heaping swirls of old favorites, such as cookies n' cream and fruit sorbet, or seasonal innovations, including eggnog in the winter and fireworks in the summer. Next, patrons head to the toppings bar and crown their frozen treats with as much fresh fruit, cereal, and candy as they can handle before weighing cups and paying by the ounce.
Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.
J?r?me Charles wouldn't be the same stylist had he not traveled so extensively. From his native Paris, he brings the knowledge he gained at the L'Or?al Institute. From his stint as a stylist at the famed Jos? Eber salon in Beverly Hills, he brings the skills he developed working on celebrity clients. And from his work across America, he brings his signature blowouts, all of which are named after a specific region. The Beverly Hills blowout, for example, leaves hair bouncing with curls, whereas the Hawaiian blowout imparts a look that is both beachy and glamorous, unlike tucking a conch behind your ear.
Inside Studio 6?which is fittingly nestled beside a French bakery?he performs cuts, color treatments, and bridal services. L'Or?al products help to strengthen and beautify hair during these appointments, whether guests want a simple shampoo and trim or the deft, freehand application of balayage highlights.
For the owner of PinkaBella Cupcakes, baking comes second nature??she's been doing it since before she could reach the kitchen counter. Since the first PinkaBella opened, the cupcake chain has expanded to five locations locally. Their mouth-watering flavors include caramel macchiato, irish creme, and bananas foster.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.