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Karma Cream

Caitlyn Finnegan Caitlyn Finnegan Caitlyn Finnegan

Organic, fair trade and vegan all in one? That's what you'll find at this bakery, ice cream shop and coffee bar opened by two best friends in 2008.

Karma Cream offers 25 unique, vegan ice cream flavors and more than 30 dairy flavors. With selections like Pumpkin Pie, Peach Cobbler, Trippple Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Chip, it might be hard to choose just one. Never tried vegan ice cream before? Expect a creamier, less dense ice cream that can take on just as many flavor combinations as diary. Once you find a flavor you like, you can turn it into a sundae - like the PMS Sundae filled with brownie chunks, peanut butter and waffle cone pieces - a made-to-order, chocolate chip cookie sandwich or a milkshake.

When it comes to baked goods, cupcakes are clearly the specialty - the shop offers more than 100 varieties and is always calling on customers to share flavors for inspiration. Check for their latest creations on the shop's Facebook page. Besides the miniature cakes, Karma Cream's baked good lineup includes brownies, cookies, pastries and even rice crispies treats. They also make gluten-free varieties upon request. The coffee selection is also worth a try as the perfect accompanying side to your latest study material. The shop even stays open late during finals week so you can satisfy your sweet tooth and caffine fix at the same time.

Need more convincing? Check out more reviews on and this video profiling the shop's winter rush.