In Sweet Piece Dessert's bustling kitchen, pastry-bag points dispense tufts of frosting that rest atop cakes shrouded in fondant or swirls of buttercream. Custom cakes match the color schemes and themes of their surroundings at weddings and birthdays, and character cupcakes resemble favorite kids entertainers, such as Hello Kitty and Henry Kissinger. Confectioners also daub apples and pretzels with layers of chocolate drizzle, peanut butter, cashews, and roasted macaroon coconut, and dip strawberries in rich candy coatings.
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
You can check off a lot of groceries and errands from your list at Prince Valley Market. The market specializes in Mexican- and Latin-American groceries—there’s an in-house tortilleria that turns out handmade tortillas, for example. There’s a substantial produce section with locally raised veggies, as well as a bakery where you can order custom-made birthday cakes. Beyond standard grocery shopping, though, you can also take advantage of in-store convenience services such as cashing a check, buying stamps, sending packages, or converting loose coins into bills and coupons for shoulder massages.
The market is a one-stop shop for parties: colorful, custom-made cakes and treat-stuffed piñatas are available. You can even stop by the Baja Mexican Grill for a tasty lunch of carnitas, enchiladas, and rotisserie chicken.
Treat Dreams satisfies sugar cravings with homemade ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurts, as well as fresh-baked cupcakes, cookies, and beverages. Innovative ice-cream flavors such as honey lavender, red-velvet cupcake, lemon basil, and wasabi with pistachios share menu real estate with more mainstream picks such as dark chocolate peanut butter, butter pecan, mint chip, and strawberry malt. At any given time, up to 25 varieties of frozen treats await snackers for enjoyment in cups and cones ($2.40–$5.40), sundaes ($2.40–$3.30), shakes ($3.25), or smoothies ($3–$4). Freshly baked cookies ($1), brownies ($1.75), and cupcakes ($2.50) offer a more solid form of dessert, while a 12-ounce cup of locally roasted Chazzano coffee warms tummies and thaws brain igloos ($1.50). The shop also sells hard-to-find gourmet kernels of truth made by the Plymouth Popcorn Company ($3–$3.75).