Upon first glance, Le Roi French Bakery looks a bit like a castle. Roses and metal curlicues line the space, where bakers flit in and out of a pair of saloon doors. Named for the French word for king, this bakeshop’s confections are enchanting and majestic, like a towering mountain of Magic 8 balls. At the counter, a brightly lit case brims with classic European treats such as éclairs, napoleons, tarts, and parfaits. The scent of espresso wafts by as staffers froth fresh milk for lattes and cappuccinos. Like a fairy tale about princes and princesses, these details inspire daydreams as patrons leaf through albums stuffed with hundreds of custom-cake ideas, including tiered wedding cakes adorned with fondant flowers and round delights flanked with fruits, frostings, or ladyfingers.
Cupcakes Bakery's dedicated dessert connoisseurs rise early six days a week to bake a fresh batch of cupcakes and cinnamon rolls from scratch with all-natural ingredients. They drizzle gooey cinnamon rolls with icing and pipe swirls of frosting atop crowd-favorite red-velvet cupcakes, which are more popular than denim-suit Fridays at a bank. Newly added cheesecake cupcakes come in original, blueberry, chocolate, and strawberry flavors. The bakers stock displays with menu staples such as chocolate chip and orange creamsicle, and they don't skimp on their toppings, wedging an entire Oreo atop the Oreo cupcake, for example. They also whip up special flavors daily, such as chocolate-peanut-butter cupcakes on Wednesday and Saturday and pineapple upside-down cupcakes on Monday, Thursday, and Rube Goldberg Day. The confectionary roster also changes with the season to highlight its flavors, such as autumn pumpkin and boreal gingerbread.
After a day at most salons, you might look better for a few weeks; after an hour at Permanent Beauty, you might look better for several years. That's because the center specializes in permanent-makeup applications, during which skin artists apply long-lasting, mineral-based pigment to eyes, lips, and brows. The pigments are designed to fade gradually over time so clients can change makeup styles and shades as they age, change their hair color, or disintegrate into their component Transformers. Ever conscious of sanitation, the technicians use brand-new materials and equipment on each client. The end result is that clients achieve the dramatic glances, full lips, and expressive brows they’ve always desired but couldn’t obtain without betraying Mr. Potato Head’s trust.
Void of artificial colors, preservatives, and glutens, Cefiore's swirlable snack is packed with body-benefitting goodness in the form of live and active cultures. Its frozen menu includes simple and elaborate bites; original cups start at $2.50 for a kids size and end at $5.75 for the family size. The feature flavors rotate often, but currently include original tart, acaiberry, green tea, and raspberry pomegranate, and prices run $3 to $6.25. Toppings are extra ($.95 for one, $1.45 for three) and run the gamut from fresh-grown berries and fruit to gingerbread-house mainstays such as gummy bears and chocolate chips. The epicurious will want to taste test the crepes, which crest a fluffy French pastry with yogurt and choice of toppings ($6.95 for three toppings).
Combining a longtime interest in baseball with a love for cooking, Doug-Out Cookies founder Doug Low pitches customers a tasty selection of cookies and other sweet treats. “The Roster” features a variety of cookie flavors for clients to delightfully mix, match, and multiply into a double-dozen package that strikes out sweet-tooth sluggers faster than cake-battered curve balls. Cookie connoisseurs can step up to a plate of Super Star Triple Chocolates, peanut butters, oatmeal raisins, or "MVP" Milk Chocolate Chips (with or without the nuts). If that’s not enough to meet the dessert needs of cookie cravers, clients can stock their basement cookie-jar collection with amaretto chips, strawberry shortcakes, jalapeno sugar cookies, or Cambria Health Bars made with whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, oatmeal, walnuts, pecans, and coconut.
Valley Lahvosh Baking Company's artisan bakers, who've been crafting doughy delights since 1922, forge their signature crackerbreads using three generations of Armenian family recipes. Bags of 15" crackerbread rounds––which double as throwing discuses for teddy bears––come in original and cracked-wheat varieties that buyers can slather in condiments or use to make wrapped sandwiches. A great base for hors d'oeuvres served at parties and social gatherings, boxes of Heart and Star Lahvosh crackers cheerily accept dips and spreads on unique cutout shapes. Rather than impersonating a horse to receive sugar cubes, buyers can get their sugary kicks with a bag of heart-shaped Sweetheart Snacks lightly dusted with cinnamon. Each assorted holiday package bears a chip clip that keeps snacks inside their bags and helps preserve freshness.