Boss Frosty's leads competitive packs of frozen-dessert drive-thrus with its sweetly varied menu. Titillate taste buds with a soft-serve cone ($1.25–$2) or an ice-cream sandwich ($1) in vanilla, chocolate, or a duo-flavored twist. Root-beer or Coke floats ($2.75) give milky snacks a carbonated boost, and the singular banana split ($4) harnesses the dessert-enhancing power of the only fruit to grow on the sides of New York City's skyscrapers. Great for a low-key first date or an intense tie-breaker for last year’s sustained brain-freeze contest, Boss Frosty’s offers ice-cold dessert deliverance.
The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.
Family Massage Therapy helps clients unwind with the stress-vanquishing strokes of Swedish, therapeutic, and relaxation massage. Treatments take place in Family Massage’s private room, whose blue and green hues evoke an astronaut’s view of the planet Earth hiding in a blueberry patch. Alternatively, the Family Massage team travels to homes and offices, offering 10- to 15-minute chair massages for staff-appreciation days and other events.
With a wire whisk and passion for confection, Bonnie and her daughters Rachelle and Michelle whip up more than 10 styles of plump specialty cupcakes ranging from french toast and cherry cola to gingerbread. Maple and vanilla whipped icings sweep effortlessly across cake tops before being drizzled with caramel, or capped with crispy crumbled bacon. The caf?'s wafting aromas of freshly baked blueberry muffins are joined by brewing coffee, steaming espresso drinks, and slowly steeping teas. Patrons may also peruse Magic City's hand-painted crafts such as candles, notepads, and crocheted wire jewelry.
Jack and June Durbin, who opened the Magic Freeze in 1953, served up frosty treats to the community for years before retiring and selling off the business to their son, Dan. Today, the spot's ice cream, soft serve, and custard are as popular as ever, winning the top spot for the ice-cream shop category on Fox 8's 2013 Hot List. In addition to cups, cones, sundaes, cyclones, and shakes, patrons can order handmade ice-cream cakes for special occasions.