Holidays, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays?name an occasion, and chances are, David?s Cookies has a treat to match. By the mid 1980s, David?s Cookies had become an international presence, with more than 250 shops around the world doling out fresh batches of cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, and other baked goods. Instead of promoting a chocolate chip cookie to the United Nations, the company maintains that global reach via the web, where visitors can browse David?s vast inventory by the types of treats they want or the type of occasion they?re celebrating.
When his daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, Jeff Robbins did what any parent would do. He started a bakery. Robbins, a market-research consultant, teamed up with a friend with a background in the hospitality industry and a decorated chef with 30 years of experience, and the trio spent three years breaking the code on how to make delicious gluten-free cookies that his daughter and other kids in her situation could enjoy. Their bakery opened in January of 2011, when they lit their oven with a ceremonial gluten-free torch, and within a year, Get Fresh Bakehouse's creations were lauded as the best gluten-free chocolate-chip cookies by Oprah.com. The facilities maintain 100% gluten-free standards, using certified ingredients and rigorously tested products to make their cookies and treats.
It would be easy to spend an entire day at Calandra's Italian Village—perusing the colorful packaged Italian imports in the market, lingering over a cup of pistachio gelato in the gelateria, and finishing off with a glass of wine in the bar. Wanderers who stroll to the left of the village stumble into Il Vecchio Cafe, where Italian tapestries adorn the walls and diners chat animatedly at wooden tabletops. Servers dart across the sunlit floors, bearing plates of homemade penne alla vodka, eggplant caprese panini, and broiled tilapia and refilling glasses of wine. A counter overlooks the kitchen, where a wood-burning oven bakes thin-crust pizzas. Wooden beams and vintage-style walls enclose the tabletops that speckle the outdoor stone deck, creating the look of a rustic Italian farm or the set of a movie where a rich businessman learns the value of friendship from a talking countryside mouse.
At Lizzy's Lollicakes, it's all about one thing: the cakepops. The fun but smartly portioned treat comes in a large variety of flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo.
As a child, Michele Stuart worked alongside her grandmother, peeling fruit, crimping dough, and assisting in other tasks to create decadent pies. Before her grandmother passed away, Michele vowed to make her pies famous. It's safe to say she has made good on that promise. Since founding Michele's Pies in 2007, her creations have won 27 national awards, and have garnered praise from outlets including the Food Network, QVC, and the New York Times. Her pies run the gamut from sweet to savory, and her display case also shines with handmade cookies, tea breads, cheesecakes, and other baked goods.
A professionally trained pastry chef with more than 20 years of experience, CakeSuite owner Michelle Klem bakes her fresh cupcakes using high-quality ingredients. Klem's bright and inviting bakery sells more than 14 flavors of handheld delights, each beautifully decorated with thick and creamy handmade frosting and inventive toppings. Customize an assortment of your favorite flavors, from classics such as red velvet, carrot spice, and chocoholic to more daring desserts including peanut butter cup and chunky monkey (banana cake and frosting topped with peanuts). The shop also offers seasonal cupcake flavors to the tune of pumpkin cheesecake and eggnog. Snap up some holiday-hued or traditional treats and treat the entire family or office, or hoard them all for devouring in the dark of night in a rickety canoe on the secluded sea.