The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
At Rocco's Deli, shoppers can grab all the necessary ingredients to make sure their pantries resemble those of true Italian gourmands. Rocco's shelves are lined with products that can be hard to find in traditional supermarkets, including Lavazza coffee, Aurora Pasata and Sauces, Allessia San Marzona tomatoes, and Riscossa pastas. Over at the EVOO station, silver tankards with taps let patrons re-fill their bottles of extra-virgin olive oil.
Those who don't like to cook can get their empty bellies to the deli, where freshly prepared sandwiches and Italian delicacies await. The deli also serves up hot cups of espresso and specialty coffee drinks, which—much like a dedicated room for Fabio paintings—is a staple in almost every Italian person's life. Being one of few licensed delis, customers can enjoy both Italian eats and wines as well as Peroni Beer.
Inside Quiznos sub shops, staff slides fresh deli meats, cheeses, and vegetables between slices of artisan bread, then runs them through gargantuan toaster ovens and sprinkles them with spices. Soups steam in bowls, salads crunch in mouths, and flatbread sandwiches glide swiftly across surfaces in impromptu games of floor hockey. As a charitable establishment, Quiznos donates a sampling of its earnings to various nonprofit organizations including Millennium Promise and Denver's Road Home.
The philosophy at Jazen Tea is pretty straightforward: Use fresh ingredients to create refreshing and healthy drinks. Every day, the staffers brews their teas from high-quality Taiwanese leaves and infuse the concoctions with fresh fruits—never using powdered mixes. Inside the colorful shops, they serve up smoothies topped with housemade whipped cream alongside other invigorating elixirs, such as the Treat-N-Sip, a blend of iced milk, caramel, honey boba, and egg pudding.
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.
Colabs Cafe and Bake Shop blends a cosmopolitan European vibe with a homey, handmade sensibility while treating guests to feasts of baked goods, including a variety of gluten-free options, coffee, and toasty paninis. The chefs panini-press PB&J sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, and tofu-scramble wraps, paired with quinoa salads and chickpea bocconcini. From behind a shiny glass display case, jumbo cookies, breads, muffins, as well as dozens of cupcakes beckon to rumbling stomachs, slathered in creamy frosting, cookie crumbles, and marshmallows. Unlike most breakfast and lunch cafés, Colabs Cafe and Bake Shop stays open until midnight, helping diners fuel themselves with the energy to stay up late enough to tuck in the sun.