After years as a nurse in an ICU, Rachael Miller wanted a career change and the chance to run her own business. So, she traded in her scrubs for an apron and founded The Cupcake Shoppe. Rachael always loved to bake, and now it's the first thing she does every day; she rises early to prepare the batter for her cupcakes, which she bakes in seven signature flavors available every day. These always-available staples include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and red velvet. But Rachel also gets creative, adding two additional specialty cupcakes to her menu every morning. These more unusual recipes often borrow flavors from other desserts—Oreo and snickerdoodle cupcakes, for example, have bits of cookie infused into them, while Boston cream cupcakes evoke the flavors of the cream pies American revolutionaries once threw in the faces of colonial soldiers.
Close to the shores of Copano Bay, Crofutt's Sandwich Shop & Bakery has been slinging sandwiches in made-from-scratch buns alongside fresh-baked cookies and breads for more than 33 years. Sandwich selections come stacked with turkey and avocado ($5.95) or in a stately pile deemed the ham-and-swiss supreme ($5.95), and fresh garden salad ($4.95) dresses up in a stately robe of house dressing. The shrimp po boy ($6.40) makes for a hearty seafood lunch and disassembles into bun paddles for pickup games of shrimp pong. Crofutt’s also hosts a slew of fresh-baked goods, all made from whole-grain flours. Diners can nosh on cinnamon rolls of warm banana-nut bread, then exploit their sugar magic to dominate the fishing, crabbing, and boating activities that the nearby coast has to offer.
Under its cabana-style roof, Bron's Shaved Ice takes the edge off the summer swelter with frozen treats. Guests can cool down with more than 50 flavors of smooth shaved ice, from classics such as strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate to exotic spins including coconut cream pie and wedding cake.
The iced toddy, a cold-brewed coffee over ice, is one of the many special artisanal drinks on the menu at Coffee Waves. You can get a caffeine boost with both cold and hot drinks here. Grab a drink like the grasshopper frap and feel free to lounge among the cozy seating area, which has local art hung on its exposed brick and stone walls. In addition to drinks, you can order panini stuffed with Boar's Head meats and pastries selected from local bakeries. Feel free to use the free wireless internet to get some work done or post updates about the current temperature of your coffee. The Coffee Waves downtown location just had its grand reopening after being closed for renovations.