Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
The team at Sub Zero Ice Cream creates delectable desserts using a flash-freeze process, which minimizes the formation of flavorless ice crystals and preserves the cream’s savory smoothness. Patrons may choose from a menu of more than 30 flavors or compose an original taste by blending any two flavors together. First, choose the cream base, available in premium ice cream, low-fat ice cream, custard, yogurt, soy, rice, or almond, before adding combinations, mix-ins, and specifying texture. The skilled ice wizards then speak the appropriate incantations to flash freeze the mixture with liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance used by NASA to preserve precious moon pies.
From the window of a whimsical pink cottage with green trim, LittleCow's servers dispense cups of shaved ice doused with more than 30 types of syrup. Patrons can choose flavors such as blue coconut, bubblegum, and hot tamale or combine several for a multifaceted treat. If desired, servers will layer shaved ice with ice cream and sweet cream.
One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s. With six small servings of frozen yogurt to redeem, sweet-teethed customers can enjoy a several of the rotating flavors, including tastes such as just chocolate, peanut butter, café latte, butterscotch, and boysenberry. At 25–29 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the number of jumping jacks or flying-starfish impersonations needed to offset it.
Arleen Scavone founded Sweet Arleen's after spending most of her career as a banker, combining the financial sense she'd honed as an adult with the passion for baking that she developed as a child at her mother's side. Arleen specializes in bread puddings and cupcakes?she competed on and won the Food Network's Cupcake Wars not once, not twice, but three times in a row. Her standard desserts are pretty creative themselves, but she rounds out the menu with limited availability seasonal treats, such as Cinnamon Chocolate Nutella cupcakes and Turkey Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing bread pudding for Thanksgiving.
Cuisine Type: Gourmet Cupcakes and Bakery Treats
Most popular offering: Chocolate Dreamcake Cupcake
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Pro Tip: Please call in advance so we can have your order ready when you arrive.
Lu Ann Lukenbach, owner of LuAnn's Cupcakes, remembers a young boy and his sister coming into her cupcake shop one day. The boy had just tried one of her cupcakes, and he insisted that his sister try one as well. "You'll think it's Christmas when you taste this," he said.
That's one of her favorite customer stories Lu Ann observed from behind the counter of her store, but hardly the only positive feedback she's gotten. She bakes her cupcakes smaller than the traditional big-as-your-head variety so people can taste more than one, which is good, because each of her 19 flavors is worth trying. Cupcakes are divided into categories on the menu: chocolate, citrus, traditional, and dessert-inspired. The dessert-inspired category includes flavors such as banana's foster, raspberry pie, and even crepe suzette, a vanilla cupcake with orange cream cheese frosting.