Holidays, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays?name an occasion, and chances are, David?s Cookies has a treat to match. By the mid 1980s, David?s Cookies had become an international presence, with more than 250 shops around the world doling out fresh batches of cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, and other baked goods. Instead of promoting a chocolate chip cookie to the United Nations, the company maintains that global reach via the web, where visitors can browse David?s vast inventory by the types of treats they want or the type of occasion they?re celebrating.
When his daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, Jeff Robbins did what any parent would do. He started a bakery. Robbins, a market-research consultant, teamed up with a friend with a background in the hospitality industry and a decorated chef with 30 years of experience, and the trio spent three years breaking the code on how to make delicious gluten-free cookies that his daughter and other kids in her situation could enjoy. Their bakery opened in January of 2011, when they lit their oven with a ceremonial gluten-free torch, and within a year, Get Fresh Bakehouse's creations were lauded as the best gluten-free chocolate-chip cookies by Oprah.com. The facilities maintain 100% gluten-free standards, using certified ingredients and rigorously tested products to make their cookies and treats.
As a child, Michele Stuart worked alongside her grandmother, peeling fruit, crimping dough, and assisting in other tasks to create decadent pies. Before her grandmother passed away, Michele vowed to make her pies famous. It's safe to say she has made good on that promise. Since founding Michele's Pies in 2007, her creations have won 27 national awards, and have garnered praise from outlets including the Food Network, QVC, and the New York Times. Her pies run the gamut from sweet to savory, and her display case also shines with handmade cookies, tea breads, cheesecakes, and other baked goods.
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Mike Conley, co-owner of Udderly Devine with his wife Ellen, has the restaurant business in his blood. He grew up working as a line cook and business manager in his parent's diner in the '60s and '70s. He never left the food service industry, eventually starting his own restaurant to recapture the fresh foods and top notch customer service he remembered from his youth. In 2013, he decided to expand his operation, and started the equally nostalgic ice cream and candy shop, Udderly Devine.
Udderly Devine's pristine white walls and counters, along with its natural-tone hardwood floors, provide the perfect canvas for Mike and Ellen's candy presentation. The layered glass cases contain the only splashed of color in the joint, in the form of cookies, chocolates, ice cream, and gelato. The duo stock Gifford's Ice Cream?a brand produced in small town Maine since 1947?and Winfrey's Fine Chocolates and Premium Fudge, a company whose name does all the talking for it. They round out the selection with seasonal treats and novelty gifts, including chocolate cigars in color-themed boxes with declarations such as "It's a boy!", "It's a girl!", or "No, it's Superman!"
sweetFrog’s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to original tart and strawberry banana, the lineup of 75 varieties includes snickerdoodle, red velvet cake, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candy, and then savor their confetti’d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps gives an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through sweetFrog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.