Truelove is more than Paige's last name, it's what she found when she began creating cupcakes. When Paige first started baking them at the age of 15, it was only for friends and family as a way to honor the memory of her grandmother. But the more she whipped up the scrumptious desserts, the more she was hooked, and in the summer of 2013, she did something most teenagers only dream of, besides leading a sit-in to protest geometry?she opened her own business, Truly Lovely Cupcakes.
Paige's repertoire now incorporates more than 50 cupcake flavors. Options such as chocolate peanut butter sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and red velvet with cream-cheese frosting are always available, but each day of the week she also churns out day-specific flavors, such as carrot on Tuesday and chocolate salted caramel on Friday. Paige also creates specialty fundraiser cupcakes, which benefit local charities.
Walk inside Coffeehouse Five, and the aroma of a typical coffee house greets you: ground coffee beans, caramel drizzled into cups, and freshly baked muffins. But unlike typical coffee houses, the workers at Coffeehouse Five are all volunteers. And each day’s profits are invested into five initiatives that help local families facing crises—a cause close to the owners’ hearts.
After Brian and Michelle Peters overcame marital troubles, the strengthened couple wanted to helps others through their own connubial issues. The coffee house invites guests to relax with a cup of organic, fair-trade certified coffee from Ancora Coffee Roasters. Folks can enjoy conversation over strawberry banana smoothies, or win the bigger half of the house-made scone in a friendly staring contest.
The Labor District Cafe treats guests to a smorgasbord of hearty locally sourced comfort food, its menu setting stomachs rumbling with promises of Indy cheesesteak sandwiches, fried catfish, eggs and bacon, and biscuits. Each bite of omelet, meatloaf, and club sandwich bursts at the seams with local pride?with the restaurant's poultry, ham, eggs, coffee, and condiments all sourced from Indiana farms and producers.
Henry's Coffee Bistro invites coffee connoisseurs to crawl into its cocoon of caffeine for flavorful drinks and friendly fellowship. Warm up your liquid love life with a cappuccino ($2.75–$3.50) or white mocha ($3.25–$3.75), or stall summer sweltering with an iced latte ($3.50). Guests can smear a cream cheese smile on a freshly baked bagel ($2.25) or mix business and breakfast pleasure with a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich ($6.75). The Penn Street location's menu differs slightly from the East Street menu—at both coffee shops, however, guests can enjoy comestibles such as a pesto chicken panini ($8), a spinach salad ($7), or a California turkey sandwich ($7.50).
The people behind PEARings Frozen Yogurt and Beyond believe that simple can be delicious, and they work hard to ensure that their dishes use the purest ingredients available. Their certified real-dairy yogurt and greek yogurt contains at least four types of live and active cultures rather than the long-dead Phoenician culture, and their fruit toppings have never been frozen. They use Arabica coffee grown without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, and wraps are made with meats and vegetables from local farms. The company says it's trying to "[redefine] the self-serve frozen yogurt concept" with indulgent flavors—sea salt caramel pretzel and Tahitian vanilla are favorites—high-quality ingredients, and a slew of non-yogurt offerings for breakfast and lunch.
A&M Bakery Cafe specializes in breakfast treats and lunch eats. The brains behind the baked good emporium is George Taylor, a former accountant who, according to Eat. Drink. Indy., earned a loyal following selling cookies at local farmer's markets. Inspired by customers who began urging him to open a permanent location, George opened A&M Bakery, naming it after his two daughters, Apphia and Mariska.?Located on the first floor of the Old National Bank Building, the bakery cranks out sweet bites such as cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cupcakes, as well as heartier fare such as sandwiches, wraps, and soups.