The decadent desserts served at The Cakelicious Bakery?coming up on its fifth anniversary?are always crafted in small batches to ensure optimum freshness. Pastry chefs whip up cupcakes in regular and gluten-free varieties, topping carrot, coconut, and Italian cream cakes with icings accented with everything from caramel to passion fruit. But their confections?which also include cakeballs and petit fours?branch out with more daring ingredients as well, such as champagne, rum, and pistachio. Patrons can combine any of those flavors, fillings, and frostings to create their own custom cake, perfect for celebrating any birthday or Tuesday.
Sweets Galore's cone-topping confectioners scoop and slice helpings of velvety Ashby's products into myriad ice creams, cakes, and drinkable treats. Surprising scoops ($1.95+) such as cherry-lemon cake and country-apple pie cozy up to palates and await chances to share a cone ($1.95 per scoop, up to $5.95 for five scoops) or comingle in a thick, blended milkshake ($4).
At their core, Aly's Apples are just like any other. In this case, it's what's on the outside that really counts. Their self-professed "over the top" gourmet caramel apples put boring old caramel apples to shame. Each day, they're hand dipped in smooth homemade caramel before receiving drizzles of chocolate and toppings that range from dark chocolate and pecans to marshmallows, M&Ms, and english toffee molded into a kitchen sink.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.
A great painting is often defined by the subject, the medium, and the artist. Arbor House Gallery helps its students find their inner artists in the most relaxing way possible: during BYOB classes. Its evening acrylics classes help amateurs explore the medium by recreating stunning landscapes and florals. As they lift brush to canvas, students can sip on wine or beer and chat casually with their neighbors' palettes.
Arbor House Gallery also offers children's and non-BYOB classes in a variety of media including ceramics, acrylics, oils, recycled art, and pottery.