Customers can mix and match Yogurt Express's 10 rotating flavors and decorate their dessert from a selection of more than 48 toppings, including fresh fruit, candy, and nuts. Treats from the self-serve yogurt bar are priced by weight ($0.40/oz.). A healthier, low-fat alternative to ice cream, Yogurt Express’s yogurt contains high levels of living yogurt cultures, which promote a healthy digestive system.
Umami is a portal into an aromatic world of freshly roasted gourmet coffees and exotic, premium loose-leaf black, oolong, green, golf, fruit and herbal, and rooibos teas. Come in for a made-to order drink at the beverage bar and cruise the Net on complimentary Wi-Fi. Or, nosh salads and sandwiches and sip soups. Tea samples are available every day, so you can try before you buy, but knowledgeable staff members can also give recommendations on which tea will increase your odds of winning bingo games. Umami also offers teatime packages ($10.99–$15.99) that include tastings of different teas, sandwich samples, assorted pastries, and more.
The enticing aromas of housemade cupcakes and fried sweet-potato pies waft from Slice of Grace Bakery Boutique’s kitchen, where a team of bakers concocts new variations on traditional Southern treats. Their penchant for integrating unusual flavors into old-fashioned desserts has earned them national attention on programs such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Cupcake Wars.
The bakery’s recent surge in popularity hasn’t changed its formula for success; the bakers still start from scratch early each morning, filling the shop’s display case with frosting-swirled cupcakes in flavors such as strawberry shortcake, chocolate peanut butter, and maple-bacon cider topped with sprinkles of actual bacon. Fans of the miniature treats can build their own full-size cake, as the bakery’s gallery of custom creations will attest. Aside from their flagship cakes and fluffy whoopie pies, boxed lunches with a sandwich, a choice of side, a cupcake, and utensils for mixing all three together offer a change of pace.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the Turbinado.