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Masters of the sugared circle, Flour Power Custom Cakery's expert chefs whip up fork fodder decorated to fit all manners of cake-mandatory occasions. Their 8-inch cake can keep up to 13 mouths occupied with something other than shoe factory gossip, and can be gracefully adorned with streamers and confetti or buttercream roses. Customers also choose the colors and messages, providing a tasty way to say, "Sorry I told you I did your taxes but didn't." Flour Power Custom Cakery's stacked menu features all manner of flavors and frostings, from the chocojestic Classic Combo, which overloads light chocolate cake with mousse and fudge, to the Pudding Chiffon, an unassuming moist yellow cake hiding a valuable bavarian cream secret. Spoiled cake eaters get to select from both rich and airy frosting options, including the homemade english toffee buttercream and the popular whipped cream with shaved white chocolate.

2389 Fletcher Parkway
El Cajon,
CA
US

Mezzah dishes out a delicious tapas menu populated by shareable servings of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Greek cuisine. Pop the contents of a plate of garlic-and-chili-pepper-infused olives (a $5 value) into your open pucker for an aromatic appetizer with hints of sun-dried tomato before saturating already-marinated greek meatballs (a $6 value) in a dish of creamy greek yogurt sauce to cool down your palate. The Turkish-style meat-and-hummus plate (a $7 value) tops the creamy chickpea spread with a succulent crown of marinated ground beef, and vegetarians can delight in the Mezzah antipasto (an $8 value), a dish featuring assorted grilled veggies, feta, olives, and a noticeable absence of pasto. Because whistles cannot be wetted on tahini alone, diners and their dates can sweetly sip two glasses of house wine alongside their meal (up to a $6 value each) or apply the value toward a more expensive libation.

190 N Magnolia Ave
El Cajon,
CA
US

Rick Hallor knows there's only one good way to hang a sweater. Keeping his customers' clothes from stretching out may seem like a small nicety, but looking out for people has been the central aim in every professional endeavor he's ever undertaken, whether it was personal training in Illinois or firefighting in Colorado. After relocating to San Diego to escape the frigid Colorado winters and boredom that stems from living in an almost-square state, he decided to put his helpful spirit to use in the dry-cleaning arena. He purchased Speedy Cleaners in 2011, and now he and his wife Calley work to extend the life of their clients' clothing within their homey and welcoming shop.

The family-operated dry-cleaning business not only cleans people's day-to-day garments, but also restores family heirlooms such as wedding dresses. Garment repairs can also be done onsite, as Rick's staff includes both a professional seamstress and a cobbler.

9161 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee,
CA
US

Each colorful confectionary centerpiece from Cookies By Design is crafted onsite from made-from-scratch dough using ingredients from local farmers. The bakers hand decorate each cookie bouquet onsite, personalizing select concoctions with signature icing themes and customer-dictated messages such as ”Happy Birthday” or "The Cookie Jar is Empty." Along with bouquets, cookies are baked and delivered in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from sliceable cookie cakes to cookie baskets and can be embellished with any type of design, such as holiday-themed decorations or the official logo of a favorite sports team.

30 Town Center Pkwy
Santee,
CA
US

Someone stepping into a store dedicated to baklava might expect to be greeted by a display case packed with pastries. At Baklava King, this isn’t the case: not a single piece of baklava awaits potential customers. Unless, that is, they’ve placed an order, in which case Cevdet Ugur and his wife Sarka are most likely pulling it from the oven and garnishing it with chocolate sauce, chopped pistachios, or some other finishing touch before boxing it up and bestowing it on the customer at its peak of freshness. This utmost respect for fresh baklava is the crux of the Ugurs’ baking philosophy, which also calls for traditional Turkish recipes, domestic ingredients, and freshly squeezed lemon juice in the syrup that they drizzle over the tissue-thin layers of phyllo dough and customers who ask nicely.

9932 Prospect Ave
Santee,
CA
US

Jungle Gym & Cafe combines children's activities, fitness classes, and a gourmet café complete with free WiFi and two flat-screen TVs that light up with NFL action on Saturdays and Sundays. Children can cavort across bounce houses and block pits or partake in basketball and badminton, while watchful parents dine on turkey wraps or Greek salads. Meanwhile, group fitness-classes practice cardio dance, yoga, and aerobics. Inside the medical spa suite, a doctor helps parents regain their youth with chemical peels, Botox, and vein repair treatments.

8711 N Magnolia Ave
Santee,
CA
US