Urban Pastries serves and savory pastries, rolls, and turnovers. Customers can meet up with friends and enjoy coffee inside a cozy international environment with WiFi. For an interactive treat, the bakery hosts events where customers can learn to make crepes and enjoy their creations. Private parties are also available.
The scent of fresh-baked sweets draws people into the boutique-style bakery, but it's the fluffy buttercream made fresh daily and piled high on each cupcake that keeps them sticking around for more. "People eat first with their eyes," says owner and baker Corrie Case, who uses the creativity she learned from her mother to construct aesthetically pleasing desserts. Baking since she was just 10 years old, Corrie always thought she would open her own candy shop, as everyone who tasted her cupcakes encouraged her to do so. Today, her bakery’s kitchen shines in robin’s-egg blue, her kitchen's creations neatly lined up inside glass cases as they tempt customers with their chic designs and fluffy textures. Coveted flavors include the Snickers cupcake, which melds the flavors of the favored candy bar and the Dreamy White, a french vanilla cupcake topped with clouds of vanilla frosting. Corrie’s coconut cream pie tempts with peaks of whipped cream, and her house-made caramel corn transports her back to the candy shops of her childhood with every batch she makes. Her baked goods pair well with gelato from Gelato Da Vinci, a local purveyor who whips up the cold treats from a generations-old recipe, or with coffee from local roaster Harvest Cafe. It seems Corrie has really found her calling. Says the baker, "I love that I get to wake up every day and make sweets that people love."
The sweet-tangy taste of organic cranberry-orange black tea; the fruity flavor of peach white tea; the rich, chocolaty undercurrent of organic red rooibos Mint Kiss tea. No matter the shade or flavor, TeaBuds Brewing Co.'s loose-leaf teas deliver health benefits, such as digestion-easing agents or disease-fighting antioxidants. The shop also sells some tea infusers and mugs so you can sip on the go. If you'd rather stick around and savor a cup, the café menu spans the entire colorful spectrum of teas and offers pastries as well.
The talented pastry chefs at Holy Cow consistently create batches of bliss-inducing indulgences for the cupped-cake-loving public. The menu changes constantly, but perennial flavors, such as a traditional vanilla birthday cake topped with fudge frosting and sprinkles and a luscious red velvet cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting, are available every day. Featuring seven to 10 flavors per day, the ensemble cast includes the Clarence (a lemon cake with lemony cream cheese frosting), the cookies and cream, and the gingerbread. The popular maple bacon is a satiating treat of maple cake with bits of bacon scattered gracefully atop a pillow of maple cream cheese icing. Eggnog, mint julep, and Guinness are also available during designated seasons.
An 1872 Victorian home sets the stage for Simply Sweet Shoppe's misty, nostalgic world of handmade chocolate truffles, bulk bins full of colorful candies, and the smell of freshly baked cookies, muffins, and scones. Displays of ten-cent candies and retro sweets evoke the image of a simpler time, when men still wore hats and "horse chestnuts" was still considered a curseword. Guests dine on savory panini sandwiches on the sunny patio, or sip cups of Hubbard & Cravens coffee as they admire the gift baskets and confectioneries from local candysmiths such as Indiana Artisans. The array of goodies satisfies any sweet tooth, whether it desires the cold creamy texture of gelato and sorbets, the frozen fruitiness of smoothies, or the wholesome sweetness of fresh baked goods.
In a petite 56-seat eatery, the chefs at Café St. Tropez cull fresh ingredients to craft the classic French sandwiches, pastries, and eats that populate the menu. Early risers can replace lingering memories of wailing alarm clocks with the sensations of a Very Berry crepe, a warm amalgamation of seasonal berries and mascarpone sprinkled with vanilla-infused sugar. In the St. Tropez caprese, tomatoes and avocado huddle next to fresh mozzarella as sourdough or wheat toast or a croissant soaks up garlic-infused olive oil like a teddy bear soaks up the sleep-mumbled poetry of children.