Artisan cake company specializes in custom designed, sculpted, wedding and specialty fondant cakes, cupcakes and toppers. We make our cakes, buttercream and fondant all from scratch with fresh and delicious ingredients. Every detail is carefully crafted just for you and no two creations are exactly the same.
Beard Papa's traces its origins to 1999 in a simple cream puff shop in Osaka, where bakers whipped up sweet cream-filled pastries from French choux dough. Today, the beloved pastry shop lays claim to storefronts in 15 different countries?all the countries in the world, if you believe George Washington's maps. These shops charm clients across the globe with all-natural cream puffs, chocolate fondants, and other baked goods free from artificial flavoring. Guests savor the otherworldly flavor of rare treats such as a pastry filled with green-tea custard, chewy-crunchy Paris Brest pastries, and fluffy, chewy mochi puffs.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.85–$6.50 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted every day with freshly milled flour. The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings include honey whole wheat and pumpkin swirl. Sandwich enthusiasts can get their fill with Great Harvest's lunch options, including bacon turkey club and classic tuna (around $6.50 each). For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, and bars (from $1.50 each).
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We serve authentic Hawaiian shave ice with more than 38 flavors to choose from. We shave our ice from solid blocks to produce a softness that allows the flavors to absorb into the ice. We import our flavors from Hawaii and mix them in-house using only 100% pure cane sugar.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our most popular offering is our Tiger's Blood (strawberry coconut) flavor with coconut ice cream in the middle and sweetened condensed milk on top.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
There are too many places that advertise [what they call] "shaved ice" but actually sell snow cones (a.k.a. crushed ice) with low-quality sugary-tasting syrups. We love real Hawaiian shave ice (no "d" in "shave"), which is shaved from a solid block and is serve with quality syrups and add-ons. We wanted to do it right!
What do you love most about your job?
We love hearing comments like "This is amazing!" or "Tastes just like home!"
When Marian and Lew Evans bought the 18 year-old Roses Ice Cream in 1968, they neatly divided the labor: she managed the restaurant, he crafted the ice-cream, and their children worked the lunch counter. Perhaps it's this childhood experience that engendered a true love for the place in their daughter, who took over its operation in 1979. She ran the ice-cream parlor until 1994, when she had to sell it—only to see it torn down just three years later. Finally, in 2007, she joined forces with her brother to rekindle the family business and establish the second Roses Ice Cream.
Though modern, this casual eatery follows the precedent set by the original. Throughout the year, the owner and her staff harvest a rainbow of local berries, nuts, and candies, which they blend into the parlor's old-fashioned 14% butter-fat ice cream. Following this painstaking process, they craft more than 30 flavors in 6-gallon batches throughout the year. Sometimes, these flavors change seasonally—shifting from refreshing berry flavors in the spring and summer to heartier pumpkin in the fall and humanely raised snowman in the winter. These classics are accompanied by other frozen treats such as soy-based ice cream, fresh fruit sherbets, and an ice cream sandwich made with snickerdoodle cookie and cinnamon ice cream. To complement the sweeter offerings, Roses also serves savory fare such as soups, salads, and char-broiled local chuck burgers.
Dave's Killer Bread is packed with protein, fiber, omega-3s, and fully-seeded, making it a hearty and healthy base for any sandwich. Each and every loaf is USDA-certified organic and non-GMO project verified hand-crafted to be a powerhouse of good stuff, such as flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds, amaranth, barley, and quinoa, so customers no longer have to raid birdhouses to get good grains.
But the story behind Dave's Killer Bread is about more than just bread, it's about second chances. In 2004, Glenn was running his father's bread company under the name NatureBake when his younger brother Dave got out of a 15-year stint in prison. Glenn invited Dave back into the fold and never looked back. Together, the two brothers?along with Glenn's son?have created a new brand: Dave's Killer Bread. And in the spirit of second chances, roughly one-third of their employees are ex-convicts. The company also gives back to their community by donating 300,000 loaves a year to area shelters.