DreamScape Desserts founders Dan and Julie Couturier watched their company grow from a cottage industry based in their kitchen to a bustling cake-baking business that has won multiple bridal awards and countless loyal customers. But their success wasn't accidental. The pair of bakers work hard for their clients, whipping up handmade cupcakes and wedding designs with classic flavors and fillings such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry shortcake. They don't just dabble in the classics, though. Their kitchen creations also include inventive styles such as salted caramel, peanut butter cup, and root-beer float.
Perched across the road from the gleaming waters of Bostwick Lake, the eponymously named bakery and coffee shop serves up a menu of fresh donuts, treats, and cups of coffee. Bostwick's conjures all species of carb-laden comfort foods, from donuts and glazed twists to apple fritters and long johns. Light off the lake dances in through dining-room windows, as a trinity of chocolate, buttercream, and butterscotch cinnamon rolls vies for counter space with the realpolitik power moves of a freshly baked bismarck. Cookies nest in glass-enclosed cases, fashioned in flavors of frosted sugar, snickerdoodle, date, and molasses. Savory lunch fare rounds out the menu with choices including cheeseburgers and chili.
EuroPan European Bakery's menu puts a refreshing twist on food-court fare, sending diners on a taste trip around the globe, minus volcano-caused flight delays and escape-chute-activating disgruntled flight attendants. Begin your day with breakfast in Paris, an artisan croissant layered with ham and melted provolone cheese ($2.99), or handle a Hemingwayesque hunger with the San Sebastian morning meal—two petit pan rolls and a helping of Philadelphia cream cheese ($1.99). Guests can offset the jet set's carbon emissions with a quick and easy lunch in Barcelona ($5.99), a hearty rustica-bread creation filled with Spanish chorizo and manchego cheese, and the flavorful Tuscany sandwich—made with sliced turkey, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and basil on crispy focaccia ($5.99)—is a timesaving alternative to sailing your backpack across the Mediterranean Sea.
Sweet Mellisa's fulfills dessert-related dreams with the more than 10 traditional and unique flavors on its menu. Mellisa's cupcakes run the gamut of tastes, from the chocolaty junior mints of Midnight Mint to the marshmallow frosting and graham-cracker cake batter of s'mores. The cupcake creators fill custom orders for parties of all types, such as bridal showers or People Against Full-Size Cake conventions, and customers can supply Mellisa with their own flavor ideas to receive personalized cupcakes. Sweet Mellisa's also offers both pour-over and French-press coffee, all of which is ethically sourced via direct trade and individually brewed. Guests who prefer savory to sweet can dine on a variety of cafe-inspired lunch and dinner options. Boars Head meats and cheeses fill paninis, while soups and salads use fresh ingredients to satisfy diners.
Cinnamon rolls. Peanut butter cups. Orange creamsicles. When Betsy Denham enters in the kitchen, the entire dessert world becomes nothing more than a flavor menu for her true passion: the cupcake. The cases at Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery new brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Grand Rapids are filled with these recreations of favorite treats, but the shop's cupcakes don't simply mimic other confections. Inventive original flavors such as honey whiskey and prickly pear mojito showcase Betsy's love of experimentation, delighting taste buds with their uncommon (and winning) combinations. However, cupcakes are only half of the equation. Betsy also tempts customers to a full compliment of ice cream treats, including cones, shakes, malts, and sundaes inspired by bakery sweets such as key lime pie and blueberry buckle.