By age 10, after two years baking by her mother’s side, Felicia Johnson was already mixing batter of her own. In adulthood, she joined the United States Navy and then the business world, but her childhood love of pastry never waned. At Cake Luv, Felicia channels that passion by crafting customized cakes. Her creations run the gamut from tiered wedding cakes to specialties made to look like kids characters such as Tigger and Buzz Lightyear. She shares her skills at cake decorating classes, where students paint on a truly edible canvas, unlike those awful tasting paintings of fruit.
Like her specialty cakes, Felicia’s cupcakes come in a variety of flavors including Black Forest, a devil’s food cake filled with cherry and topped with buttercream icing. Pairs of gourmet brownies and cookies round out Cake Luv’s stock of sweet treats.
Almost 100 years ago, Peter J. Oberweis found himself with a surplus of milk. Rather than throw it out or freeze it into popsicles, Peter began selling it to his neighbors, an endeavor that was so popular that he began a milk-delivery service in 1927. Fast-forward to today, and Oberweis Dairy still delivers glass bottles of creamy milk to doorsteps. The small family-owned dairies that produce milk exclusively for Oberweis pledge never to use artificial growth hormones, therefore imbuing craft cheeses, super-premium ice cream, and yogurt with fresh, unobstructed taste. Oberweis partners with other like-minded companies to deliver such items as certified-humane Phil’s Fresh Eggs, Chuckanut Bay Foods cheesecake, and Connie’s Pizza to homes or to sell them at the company’s various retail locations.
Owners Tina and Kevin Yancey didn't start their marriage with the idea of running a bakery. Kevin, a business owner, and Tina, a corporate employee, were simply fans of their local Great Harvest franchise and the freshly baked breads the staffers forged from scratch each day. With the couple's natural love for cooking and entertaining, they quickly realized the fulfillment they would gain from opening their own Great Harvest bakery. In 2007, they found that fulfillment by unveiling their very first location in Las Vegas.
Though far from the glitter of the Strip, the Yanceys' Birmingham location still bakes pillowy breads with the same techniques as the original Great Harvest that impressed them years ago. Everything from sweet scones and cookies to 10 types of flavorful bread are made completely from scratch with whole-grain flour the company mills itself and baked in an oven fueled by the company's fire-breathing staff members. The menu transforms from month to month, giving new and veteran customers alike new treats to taste throughout the year.
As with a fine bonbon, finding out what's inside of Schakolad Birmingham Chocolate is the most exciting part. Inside the sunny storefront, glass shelves and counters ramble past a seating area, brimming with chocolates, cookies, and other confections. The swirls of frosting and twists of tissue paper attest to the knowledge of the staff, who have appeared on Fox 2 Detroit to talk about holiday chocolates.
Their own supply of confections includes signature chocolate ganache truffles infused with raspberries, rum, amaretto, and other flavors. Those treats as well as vegan dark chocolates, cake pops, and Italian gelatos match the vibrant colors of the paintings arrayed on the walls, adding to the feeling that everyone should be racing through the shop like an excited kid.
The foundation of Bloomberry's sundaes and smoothies is frozen yogurt—live culture, gluten-free frozen yogurt, to be exact. The eatery's self-serve setup lets visitors choose their yogurt flavor, picking from classics such as vanilla as well as funkier flavors including birthday cake or California Tart. Next, visitors add toppings, ranging from chunks of kiwi and strawberry to candy crumbles and mochi.
Elwin & Company's bakers rise early every morning to bake fresh scones and other sweet treats, hosting quick breakfasts or leisurely morning lounging inside the European-style café. Presorted dozens of demi-scones mix and match 12 of the 36 varieties, such as raspberry white chocolate, cinnamon twist, and blueberry, to form a rag-tag troupe of dense delicacies ready to please taste buds at morning meetings or to console a group of fifth-grade girls at the end of their slumber party. For a lower calorie count, nibblers can sink teeth into fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb pastries. To wash down excess crumbs or the keys to the captured sweet treats' handcuffs, guests can relish in sips of steaming house coffee.