Pretzelmaker draws its inspiration from fifth-century German monks, who are credited with inventing the first pretzels to reward children?s good deeds. Today, freshly baked pretzels and pretzel bites, seasoned with flavors ranging from iced cinnamon-swirl to barbecue chipotle, along with the old standby salt, reward any craving. To enhance the scrumptious experience, Pretzelmaker offers a selection of dipping sauces, including cheddar and caramel.
After honing her baking and decorating skills for more than a decade at a French-pastry shop in the New York City suburbs, Sugar N Spice Creations’ owner, Chris M'Gonigle, started her own cakes, cookies, and pastries business. Along with a team of adept decorators, Chris squeezes colored icing into intricate floral bouquets and coaxes seasonal figures such as turkeys, snowmen, and hearts. She and her staff pass on their baking acumen to visitors in cookie- and cupcake-decorating classes, where they demonstrate how to create icing designs and ancient baker hieroglyphs.
The yogurt-minded staff members at Chill serve all-natural frozen yogurt that is mixed in small 10-gallon batches or less and delivered daily from a St. Louis dairy to ensure freshness. The active cultures, along with calcium, protein, and vitamins, blend together in low-fat flavors such as biscotti, dark chocolate, and red-velvet cake. Patrons fill their cups with the frozen treat, then crown their creations with a selection of fruity, salty, and sugary toppings.
Included on Bon Appétit’s 2010 list of the top 10 best donut shops in the United States, The Donut Stop has been serving up glazed, cake, and custard-filled rounds since 1953. A large red stop sign urges passersby to pop in at the white, standalone shop for a raspberry jelly donut, maple-iced long john, or a cinnamon glob, a massive ball of cinnamon-swirled dough dipped in glaze. For birthdays, The Donut Stop offers cake-sized donuts that can reflect your actual age or the age when you discovered that Santa Claus only eats oatmeal raisin cookies.
Frustrated by bakeries that lacked imagination, Laulie Cakes' namesake Laura began steadfastly whipping up custom confections in her home kitchen before moving into the business's first storefront in 2011. Each day of the week, Laura artfully bakes batches of traditional and specialty cupcakes and helps party hosts to plot out their soiree's sweets. The shops cake artists work with event planners of weddings and birthdays, embellishing cakes in the flavors and design of the customer's choice, whether it be a dulce-de-leche cake adorned in lovely swirls of realistic flowers or a coconut cake topped in fondant figurines of a bride and her ostrich groom. Cupcake vase centerpieces and other elaborate confections are freshly baked each day, often with help from Laura's young daughters, who share their mother's passion for great-tasting icing.
Established in 1902, Valenti's Bakery & Deli has been luring curious noses into its aromatic shop with baking breads and italian pastries for more than a century. Bakers slice up their signature italian and hearth breads each day before delivering loaves to numerous local restaurants. Display cases showcase colorful cakes, ricotta and cream cannolis, and assorted fruit and cheese stollens, and custom cakes showcase iced messages, flowery designs, or detailed furniture-assembly instructions. A full-service deli appeases appetites with hot sandwiches, holiday hams, and salsiccia sausages.