Neapolitan Cupcake & Gift Shoppe serves up decadent floury favorites that are baked every morning and meticulously crafted to look attractive and taste irresistibility sweet. Neapolitan's dedicated bakers can satiate your sugary cravings for gourmet cupcakes ($15 for a half-dozen), offering house specials like double-decker carrot cake. Weekly seasonal flavors include the sumptuous caramel apple, with apple spice cake, caramel-infused frosting, and cinnamon sugar, and the aromatic strawberry delight, which recreates the whimsical experience of being shot out of a cannon into the world's largest strawberry.
It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
Executive Chef Tony DiRenzo comes to Café on the Canal with years of cooking experience, including a stint at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club. In the kitchen, Tony blends his Italian roots with an affinity for Southern cooking to prepare an array of dishes including fried catfish sandwiches, pimento cheeseburgers, and meatloaf. Guests can also stop in for breakfast, which features an all-you-can-eat buffet or à la carte items such as omelets and french toast. Café on the Canal is located in the Kroc Center alongside other programs and facilities designed to serve the residents of the greater Augusta area.
Desserves owner Milisa Godson fills her cupcakery with delectably dulcet concoctions based on cherished family recipes. Passing under the shop's pine-green awning, sweet savants are greeted by two cases of freshly baked goods topped with creamy dollops of pastel frosting. Groupon buyers can collate a dozen confections from any of Desserves' nine standard cupcake flavors. German-chocolate and Italian-cream confections allow visitors to taste the flavors of Europe without the hassle of stealing a diplomat's lunchbox, and succulent cheesecake, carrot-cake, and yellow-cake treats pack the flavors of full-size sweets into a more portable form.
Creamy frozen yogurt, fresh-fruit mix-ins, and healthy toppings such as almonds, granola, and shredded coconut make Yogen Früz a source of unlimited fresh flavors. Yogurt artists mix customers’ custom creations—such as piña colada mixed with smooth-blended pineapple yogurt, or apple pie sprinkled with graham-cracker crumbs—before their very eyes. Along with such quasi-decadent options, the company’s 1,300 worldwide outposts offer low-fat varieties, nonfat probiotic yogurts, and fresh-fruit sorbets. Every mix is low in fat, a good source of vitamins and fiber, and one of the only known sources of the essential nutrient frostiness.
Café Chartier delivers a menu of eats and drinks created in close proximity to hungry diners, including sandwiches, fresh-baked desserts, and locally roasted Turtle Creek coffee drinks. Fuel vigorous newspaper perusal or frenzied newspaper-hat making with a strawberry-cream cheese croissant ($3) and a 12-ounce cup of coffee ($1.50). Sweeter vehicles for speedy caffeination include a chai tea latte ($3.45–$4.45) and salted-caramel white-chocolate mocha ($3.45–$4.45). Sandwiches such as a baguette full of roast beef and pesto ($6.95) and a stack of roasted vegetables ($6.50) arrive flanked by chips. Other lunch and dinner fare includes wraps, salads, and pizzas. Intrepid taste buds can finish meals or cap off coffee dates at the precipice of a cupcake's creamy crown ($2.50), or on the border between fruit and dessert with fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate ($1 each).