Housed in the historic Navajo Hotel, Sisters Tea House welcomes visitors to its cozy confines for elegant meals, festive fetes, and traditional high tea. Lace-draped tables, situated beside floor-to-ceiling windows or in the warmly lit dining room, await three-tiered trays of tea sandwiches and homemade desserts, as guests sip 1 of 20 flavored teas from around the globe?this one, not Mars. Originally owned by the first mayor of Fenton, the historic building serves as a picturesque setting for parties, showers, and monthly events, such as mother-daughter teas, mystery dinners, and competitive bouts of old-timeyness.
Since the first store opened in 2010, YoMyGoodness has brought its low-fat yogurt and unlimited toppings bar to five locations throughout the state. With active probiotic cultures and about 100 calories per serving, Yo My’s yogurt makes for a healthy dessert treat. The offerings can vary between locations and change from day to day, but there are always 12 flavors of yogurt—each made locally—and over 25 self-serve toppings.
Winner of the Riverfront Times' Best Doughnuts award under its former moniker in 2009, Ray's Donuts and Coffee serves sweet doughy pastries in dozens of tastebud-pleasing varieties. Ray's donut menu starts with its handmade glazed variety ($6.90 for a dozen). From there, sample the bounty of frosting and fillings ($0.89 per donut). Cinnamon sugar, blueberry, and pineapple cake donuts delight tongues similar to the wondrous consumption of edible hula hoops by very tiny hula dancers. Complement donuts with Ray's solid selection of coffees and lattes or go for enormous specialty pastries ($1.39 each), such as chocolate fluff-filled bars and glazed lemon- or blueberry-filled bismarks, ideal for stacking on your Prussian metal-spiked hat.
Whether she’s baking for a birthday party or to simply sate a sweet craving, Melissa “Missy” Armbrecht is hard at work in the kitchen. At the cozy Let Them Eat Cake Balls kitchen—conveniently located inside of Missy's very own home—she crafts decadent cake balls and pops for clients across Waterloo and the St. Louis area. In total, she concocts nearly two-dozen flavors ranging from traditional chocolate and vanilla to more complex creations, such as mandarin orange or s’mores varieties. She also allows customers to order treats by the dozen and welcomes requests for custom decorations, such as soccer balls for a post-game party or heart-shaped bites for the anniversary of your first Cupid sighting. Determined to monitor quality from oven to table, Missy delivers all orders herself and can travel to customers located within 15 miles of Waterloo.
Mokka Cafe, Inc. has all the trimmings of an ideal coffee shop?drip coffee and cappuccinos, freshly baked scones and gooey butter cake, and intimate tables for reading, working, or dreaming up a new kind of toaster oven. The quaint shop, flanked by burgundy walls and a huge chalkboard displaying upcoming music performances and other events, also supplies heartier meals in the form of omelets and pancakes in the morning and sandwiches and wraps and salads come lunchtime.