Only a dim light skims the horizon when Gabriel Dumitrescu arrives at Our Daily Bread Bakery at 3 a.m. Even though the sun has yet to rise, he gets up this early to give himself time to bring the bakery to the right temperature, mix ingredients, knead dough, and make the best quality bread he can. By the time the bakery opens at 7 a.m., he has the counters stocked with enough baguettes, sourdough, and pastries for all of his walk-in clients and advance orders. Each loaf is prepared using the simple, Old World traditions Gabriel learned growing up in Transylvania. He also combines his European and American influences to make sandwiches with flavors from both regions including german schnitzel and philly cheesesteak, as well as pizza with a homemade tomato sauce or olive oil base with mozzarella cheese.
Many bakeries claim that their treats are handmade, but the treats crafted at BW Sweets Bakery might be just a bit more handmade than others. That's because the bakery uses as few premade ingredients as possible; when making sweet-potato pie, the bakers pick out sweet potatoes at the farmers' market, bake them, and skin them rather than buying a readymade can, the owner told Creative Loafing. That devotion to high-quality ingredients carries through all of their offerings, from dainty pastries to multilayered wedding cakes draped in fondant, as well as gourmet cheesecakes and booze-infused cupcakes.
At Yo! World, 40 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt are the base of personalized, low-fat creations loaded with nutritional ingredients, such as calcium and protein. Visitors choose their own combination of flavors, then pile on extras at the shop's toppings bar. The yogurt itself ranges from bold and tart, like an acerbic comedian, to rich and creamy, like a milk tycoon. Some examples of flavors offered in the past include triple chocolate, peach medley, and caramel pretzel.
Simply Divine Sweets owner Yaschica Sloan-Mills believes her purpose in life is to make others happy with her treats. A few years ago, she began doing just that while selling desserts to her family, friends, and coworkers. Soon, though, with the opening of her shop, it was more than just Yaschica's loved ones and acquaintances reaping the benefits of her devotion to decadence. At Simply Divine, Yaschica bakes every cupcake from scratch and presents batches in an artful, sophisticated manner. She also offers a wide range of gourmet flavors, from cherry vanilla to Kickin' key lime.