When patrons step up to the self-serve pumps at Berri Yummi, they fill their cups with the tongue-titillating frozen yogurt flavors that earned the title Best Desserts in Delaware Today’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 Best of Delaware. Though it changes daily, the selection often includes flavors such as peanut butter, white chocolate, and mango, many of which are certified kosher and all of which are high in protein, calcium, and live cultures. Diners are charged by weight, not by flavor, so they can mix as many varieties as they’d like before sprinkling them with any of the over 50 toppings. If the endless options overwhelm patrons, they can call their parents for advice in the VIP room or refer to a list of some of Berri Yummi’s tried-and-true favorite combinations.
Maybe before the mailman slid the January 2014 issue of Hudson Valley magazine into the mailbox he looked at the cover. If he did, he’d have seen a stack of pancakes highlighting the magazine's breakfast feature. Maybe he raised his eyebrows—intrigued—and checked around to see if he was being watched as he flipped to the story to explore.
For the last 40 years, each issue of Hudson Valley magazine has delved into the area’s newest restaurants, shops, entertainment, and travel destinations. The editorial staff prides itself on digging deep to find the most compelling content and creating polished, sophisticated copy on local trends and issues. Some months, articles might include a Best Of list to give readers a quick taste-making guide to the hottest spots. Other months, it might include a page-turning profile of a local actor, chef, architect, artist, or Sasquatch.
According to some estimates, our feet hit the ground between 7,000 and 10,000 times each day. Fast Feet Shoe Repair's specialists protect feet from the stress of their travels by keeping shoes in top-notch condition. They perform maintenance services that range from from sanitization to fixing frayed tongues and worn-out soles, and also clean leather and re-dye satin. Orthopedic inserts, gel pads, and specialty footwear are available to ease conditions such as arthritis or bunions.
Kinetic Skateboarding outfits athletes with skating gear, shoes, and sportswear from dozens of brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Volcom. Skating gear autographed by professional skaters Dennis Busenitz, Andrew Reynolds, and Chris Cole allows pavement skimmers to forge their favorite athletes' signatures on Mother's Day cards. The shop also stocks brands such as Altamont and Vans Syndicate that distribute products in limited quantities, ensuring that each Kinetic Skateboarding visitor can acquire a distinct aesthetic.
The talented florists at Bloomsberry Flowers sculpt a variety of blooms into eye-attracting arrangements with a natural aesthetic. Seasonal flowers, including locally grown hydrangeas, parade their petals for holidays and special occasions, and provide pretty roadmaps for Hansels and Gretels who have learned their lessons. Sleek vases guide the stems of exotic orchids ($25, two or three stems) to water, and a garden arrangement of seasonal flowers ($35) reminds friends without calendars of the time of year.