Gigi of Gigi's Cupcakes has been a self-starter since she was 15. That's when she began her first business—a cleaning company—because she "didn't want to work for anyone else." What began as a youthful whim blossomed into a business philosophy that, along with waiting tables and singing professionally, carried Gigi into her 30s.
Then, one day, her brother suggested making a career out of her passion for baking. That hobby had been born in her childhood, when Gigi often spent time with her mother and grandmother as they baked and bonded. Amid seemingly insurmountable financial constraints, Gigi unveiled Gigi's Cupcakes in 2008 and, within weeks, had more than covered her bills. Today, the franchise boasts more than 90 locations in the 25 states that haven't outlawed dessert.
Each bakery crafts its cupcakes daily with fresh ingredients, and updates the menu according to day of the week and season. Traditional summer flavors such as Scarlett's Red Velvet, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, and Birthday Surprise have recently met their culinary match in new mini cheesecakes that masquerade as cupcakes.
Dipped Fresh's team prepares fruit-laden spinach salads and sandwiches to be enjoyed in the airy interior, as well as boxes of chocolate-dipped fruits and cookies to be taken home. The staff hand-dips these morsels of fruit and other treats into vats of rich chocolate, coating Oreos, pound cake, ice cream, and even thick-sliced bacon.
The café's red and white walls host many pieces of art, from prints of flowers to impressionist-style paintings of autumn trees. An I-beam runs across the ceiling, symbolizing the support that bread provides for a sandwich and that friends provide for each other when they can't find the sandwich they just made together.
Whether a morning-must or afternoon treat, Julie Darling Donuts' mouthwatering bites are a necessity for donut lovers in Chattanooga's North Chattanooga - Hill City - UTC district.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Julie Darling Donuts.
Dine at Julie Darling Donuts for inexpensive and moderately priced menu options.
When you're seeking a large variety of yummy and innovative donuts, pay Julie Darling Donuts a visit.
Find the ice cream flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth at Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Clumpies Ice Cream Co., so bring your tablet or laptop along.
For easy dining, Clumpies Ice Cream Co. provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Clumpies Ice Cream Co. offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Clumpies Ice Cream Co. offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Clumpies Ice Cream Co. provides service throughout the day.
When you have ice cream on your mind, come satisfy your craving at Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
Inside a restored Colonial Revival mansion a stone's throw from the Tennessee River, Chef William Oglesby blends American and international dishes. Classic southern recipes take on worldly flavors, such as fried green tomatoes crowned with prosciutto and herbed goat cheese and sweet potato-crusted shrimp with fennel slaw. Local ingredients star in dishes such as the New York strip steak rubbed with espresso from nearby Rembrandt's Roasting Co and flanked by truffle-infused potatoes. Chef Oglesby and his culinary team also meet unique dietary needs with many gluten-safe options. A terrace overlooking the river, two naturally lit sunrooms, and an intimate library create a romantic atmosphere wherever guests choose to dine.
Find the ice cream flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth at The Ice Cream Show.
Wifi is on the house at The Ice Cream Show, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the ice cream shop and easily park nearby.
The Ice Cream Show's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
The Ice Cream Show happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
If you can't make it in the morning, try The Ice Cream Show for lunch or dinner.
When you need something to cool you off, pay The Ice Cream Show a visit and treat yourself to some tasty ice cream.