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 40 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as black forest cheesecake, pineapple upside down cake, and tiramisu. 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.
Since leaving the world of banking in 2010 to open Treat Dreams, founder Scott Moloney—a self-proclaimed “mad scientist of ice cream” according to an article in Hour Detroit—has dazzled area taste buds with his roster of more than 280 flavors. Eschewing traditional tastes for unconventional flavors and exotic combinations such as rose petal, brown-sugar ham, and pistachio wasabi, Scott handcrafts each batch of cone-dwelling treats onsite to ensure freshness and maintain artistic control over his masterpieces. Scott strives to support the community at large by forging his icy wares from locally sourced ingredients and the carboys of Jack Frost's personal ice cellar. Eager to sate the appetites of all who pass through his doors, Scott caters to dietary restrictions by whipping up batches of lactose-free sorbets, no-sugar-added ice creams, and vegan ice creams made with rice or coconut milk. Although Treat Dreams’ emphasis remains focused on frozen noshes, baked goods, soups, and sandwiches grant mouths a chance to bite into warmer delicacies.