After hanging up her service cap from serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force, Della Hedrington decided to pursue her love for baking by opening her own shop, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business named S&E Cakes. In her private dessert haven, Hedrington decorates moist cakes with nearly 20 icings and fillings, meeting one-on-one with brides, birthday girls, and blue monsters to tailor a dessert experience that fits each client's occasion. Whether loading pound cakes with caramel or swirling cheesecakes with pumpkin, Hedrington attends to the flavor and design of the finished product. Innovative cupcake prototypes such as margarita or lemonade stand out among standard options, not only due to their flavors but also their distinctly summery mouthfeel. Because S&E Cakes is not a walk-in bakery, Hedrington requires all customers to make appointments and place orders at least five days in advance.
RiverScape MetroPark is one of 25 outstanding facilities operated by your Five Rivers MetroParks system. Founded in 1963 to serve the greater Dayton area, MetroParks protects over 15,000 acres of open space and provides year-round recreation, education and conservation opportunities. Today, Five Rivers oversees biking and hiking trails, campgrounds, and scenic locales for things like ice skating and cross-country skiing.
With more than 20 frozen-yogurt flavors, upward of 50 toppings, and the freedom to combine them in any combination, the variety of treats that Bad Frog Frozen Yogurt's customers can devise is virtually infinite. Customers grab a cup and head to the treat dispensers for yogurt, all of which carry the live-culture seal. Though the flavors may change frequently, the shop always offers nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added options to let health-minded customers indulge without guilt and to let frat boys save room on rowdy frozen-yogurt crawls. Once flavors are selected, visitors sidle up to the toppings bar to customize their treat with strawberries, Oreos, or morsels of mochi.
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Cozy Melts intoxicates the mind with the subtle scents of candles and warmers. A line of WoodWick candles make sounds like a crackling fire, whereas 100% soy candles provide a steady burn with a limited environmental impact. For scent lovers with a DIY streak, the shop also runs candle-making classes and offers glass-painting, pottery-making, and paint-your-own pottery sessions that let their creativity shine.
Peek across the counter at the shop's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loafs of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they kettle-dip Granny Smiths into caramel-coated creations. Caramel apples range from the classically simple (starting at $5.25) to Pecan Bear Caramel Apple, which is rolled in roasted pecans, layered lovingly in milk or dark chocolate, and drizzled in rich white confection with liberal discretion ($9.25). For additional brain pampering, snag a pound of kissable chocolate-covered snacks ($19.95), or strip away the core and go straight for the score with freshly fangled fudges ($13.25 per pound).
At self-serve stations inside Awesome Yogurt, visitors help themselves to ribbons of cool, creamy frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors. The low- and no-fat varieties change regularly, but often include treats like Georgia Peach, Salted Caramel Pretzel, Peanut Butter, and Original Tart. But no matter which type you choose, all of Awesome Yogurts frozen yogurts are even awesomer when customized at the toppings bar stocked with delicious add-ons like fresh fruit, whipped cream, and candy.