Step into Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's old-timey storefront, which evokes soda shops of yesteryear, and let the succulent smells of sugary snacks and baking bread amplify your appetite. Then gaze into glass cases at more than a dozen varieties of cookies, and choose one with a gooey raspberry ($.75 each), apple, or peanut-butter center ($7.25 per dozen). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's seasoned chefs also bake caramel cups ($4.09 per half-dozen) and filled brownie bites ($6 per dozen), the first bite of which releases warm, gooey fudge into the air. If doughy disks don't tickle your taste buds, go for a scone ($.90 each), muffin ($1.20 each), gift basket of treats ($18.99 plus tax for one dozen), or breakfast biscotti ($8.99 per pound). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe encourages early risers to nab the first batches at its weekday 7 a.m. opening time. Visit the website to view a compendium of goods and pricing.
Gelateria Barbara takes taste buds on a tour of Italy with a procession of artisanal gelatos and fresh pastas. Featuring fanciful flavors such as panna cotta, salty toffee, and strawberry-lemon cheesecake, gelato justice is served in single-scoop cones ($1.95), triple-dipped waffle cones ($3.25), or three Goldilocks-approved cup sizes ($3.25–$4.25).
Open since 1950, Art's Grocery & Bakery sustains an extensive confectionery menu brimming with stacks of fresh cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pies, and more. The cookery boasts more than a baker's dozen of decadent cookie creations, which lures timid tongues away from their mouthy roots with the promise of sugary rewards. Submit to your taste buds' longings with a dozen handmade cookies ($3.59–$9 per dozen) in flavors such as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter, or try a no-bake cookie, which caters to customers who are against cookie violence. Buy your coworker's friendship with an assortment of smoothly frosted cupcakes ($6.99 per dozen) and muffins ($1.25 each) or traverse the rich crust of the baklava ($1.25 each), filled with a toothsome trifecta of syrup, honey, and nuts.
Clarencedale Cake’s creations range from four-tiered wedding cakes dotted with elegant roses, to neon-green cupcakes and edible ladybugs. Professional artists design custom cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions, each of which is nothing less than a unique work of art. They can sculpt a football-helmet cake for a birthday party, or a cake shaped like a Tiffany box for a bridal shower. But customers can drop in for everyday indulgences, too—the bakery keeps a case stocked with cupcakes, cookies, and pastries in a variety of rotating flavors, as well as seasonal specialities such as turkey cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies.
Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe complements its aromatic free-trade coffee with a crowded menu of fresh cafe fare. Lunch dates commence as pairs settle into the cafe’s brick-walled, cozy ambience—complete with wooden floors and a grandmother encouraging guests to eat up—and select Brown Dog signature half sandwiches such as the smoky Country turkey ($7) or the stacked simplicity of the ham and swiss ($6). Hot sandwiches, including eggs benedict ($5) and bacon-cheese ($4), arrive at tables escorted by doting pickle-spear chaperones and the customer's choice of salad or soup of the day. Diners contemplate the complex aromas of one of Brown Dog's in-house roasted fair-trade signature coffee blends while sitting on the Paris location's brisk patio area, where the Grand River eases along nearby and compels patio sitters to speak only in haiku. In addition to flaky apple fritters, the amiable Brown Dog staff keep the ovens humming with classic cafe delectables, including scones ($1.75), french toast ($3.50), and a fluffy assortment of muffins ($1.75).
Custom cupcakes abound at L.A’s Cupcakery, where dessert artisans handcraft handheld sweets from customer specifications using all-natural ingredients such as Canadian butter, fresh fruit, and 100 per cent natural citrus zests. Available in more than 100 flavours—including red velvet, white chocolate, and strawberry cheesecake—cupcakes don rich buttercream crowns studded with kaleidoscopic sprinkles, putting to shame the Queen of Dairy’s similar, but far less superior, royal regalia. The bakery’s staff can also cater to special diets by crafting cupcakes devoid of dairy, eggs, or gluten.