Mel, owner of Little Bow Sweets, didn't discover her passion for cupcakes in the classroom or kitchen. She discovered it after the umpteenth post on her cupcake blog, MeowCakes. That same eye for finding designs around the web is noticeable in each batch of cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cake pops, donuts, mini cheesecakes, and macarons she makes. When Mel's not squeezing buttercream, cream cheese, and hazelnut frostings on her myriad cake flavours, she's arranging custom treat tables for kids' birthdays and other events where you throw cupcakes at the honoree.
Rooted in the belief that a coffee shop should be for more than just refuelling, Decades Coffee Club beckons their customers to stay awhile, enjoy a cup of joe and a freshly baked pastry, and kick back to enjoy the social experience of a coffeehouse. Slabs of homemade cheesecake slide onto plates and can be enjoyed downstairs in the sunny cafe or in the lofted lounge, where chairs and couches surround a cozy fireplace. Decades also offers grilled sandwiches lined with ingredients such as dates, bacon, and feta, and daily specials of homemade vegetarian chili and towering nachos to share.
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.