The confectioners at MB Sweets and Treats spruce up parties, weddings, or everyday meals with homemade truffles, cookies, tiered cakes, and cupcakes. Dozens of flavors of cupcakes treat tongues to delicacies such as Madagascar-bourbon-vanilla cake and strawberry-jelly-filled cupcakes with peanut-butter frosting. The bakers can customize larger cakes with personal greetings for birthdays or productivity spreadsheets for annual performance reviews.
Cake craftswoman Cynthia adds a sweet, artful touch to weddings, birthday parties, and events with custom cakes pulled fresh from her oven and wildly creative imagination. She sifts, mixes, and ices one-of-a-kind confectionery marvels—in chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet—to each client’s specifications. No two creations look the same, and each custom goody pushes her ingenuity as she achieves such unlikely designs as a Chucky doll, Nikon camera, or motorcycle. Traditional tiered cakes further demonstrate Cynthia’s artistry and attention to detail with precisely crafted flowers, lace, and filigree fit for the Queen of England’s midnight snack.
Chef Maclonza Lee crafts authentic southern dishes from fresh, local ingredients, inspired by a cavalcade of Cajun family recipes. Peruse a menu of southerly-seasoned meals, opening with Cajun-grilled tofu or seitan mixed in with vegetables and pita chips ($12). Chef Mac builds a Cajun chicken sandwich by hiring a contractor and deftly convincing thin, grilled chicken slices to wander into a cloud of barbecue sauce, and trapping them between halves of a grilled wheat bun ($10). Diners may also dig through a grilled bounty of classic jambalaya's chicken, andouille sausage, and shrimp ($18).
Not everyone goes on to make a career out of what they loved to do when they were a child. But for Carrie Shelley, baking in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of 4 unleashed a passion she enthusiastically turned into a business. At Enchanted Cakes and Treats, Carrie revels in inventing unique concoctions, shaping cakes into frogs, wedding dresses, and footballs in flavors such as red velvet, coconut, amaretto, and chocolate. She also whips up a colorful variety of desserts, creating rice-krispies treats, cheesecakes, cupcakes, and pies from scratch. Her attention to detail and skills at customization make her a sought-after wedding-cake designer, a role that sees her incorporating fresh flowers, ribbons, and the best man’s cummerbund into her designs.
Visit Cafe Euro and you might spot Dana Buric, brewing specialty coffee drinks and boxing European pastries alongside her son Dani and daughter Ira. They slice up fresh meats and vegetables for paninis and shower hearty pastas in savory dressing. Committed to recreating the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional European coffeehouse, they encourage guests to linger on the plush chairs of their sunlit cafe while enjoying complimentary Wi-Fi.
Only fair-trade, shade-grown organic coffee is roasted in-house at High Grounds, where a brand-new roaster transforms beans into liquid treats using dark magic. Percolate each morning with a two-shot latte ($3.66), or buzz through the day with a regular drip coffee ($1.54). Adding to the aromatic drinks is the pungent scent of free high-speed WiFi, which permeates the air and creates the ideal atmosphere for studying or grabbing a latte before work. As a testament to its quality, High Grounds' house-roasted coffee can also be found out of house in retail outlets such as Whole Foods.