Owner Kathy Gentry once relied on baking to console her during marathon studying sessions in college. Years later, Gentry has built a booming business devoted to celebrating cake’s charms. Staff guide budding and seasoned pastry chefs alike toward cake tools and instructors curate a packed schedule of courses that cover everything from finessing fondant to freeing trapped clowns from giant cakes. The chefs even film a hugely popular YouTube video series in which they meticulously guide bakers on sugar-laced odysseys.
The Pie Folks' talented bakers adorn crusts with 20 made-from-scratch fillings, scoring awards at the National Pie Championships and catching the eye of Good Morning America. Gallop to the shop for a slice of pie ($3.99) from the menu and stuff cheeks with slivers of the prizewinning Slap Yo Mama chocolate pie or try to wedge the Moonshiner’s bourbon filling into a flask. Unlike munching a photo of a brownie, mouthfuls of sugar-free chocolate cupcakes ($1.99 each) keep spirits high and glucose levels low. Lunchtime guests can fuel up with a chicken salad sandwich or tuna salad sandwich ($5.99 each) and end meals with red-velvet cupcakes ($1.69 each).
At City East Bagel and Grille, cooks craft New-York-style bagels from scratch right in the restaurant kitchen. The doughy rings come in 16 flavors, ranging from banana nut to sun-dried tomato, and visitors can choose from eight toppings—including butter, jelly, and four flavored cream cheeses. In the dining room—decorated with black-and-white photos of old Memphis—they can also tuck into hearty breakfast and lunch dishes, from a piping-hot pastrami sandwich to breakfast skillets brimming with eggs, grilled potatoes, and peppers.
L’Oven Cupcakes showcases daily cupcake offerings behind large panes of glass atop a counter decorated with even more cupcakes. Each day, confectioners prepare fresh batches of the gourmet cakes, ranging from the Celebration cupcake—a white and chocolate cake swirled with white buttercream frosting and topped with sprinkles or M&M’s—to the Elvis, a banana nut cake with peanut butter frosting and a banana chip garnish. Though L'Oven Cupcakes offers a regular schedule of specialty cupcakes each day, they sometimes temporarily alter the menu when particular cakes sell out, like the Wedding Bells flavor after the cable company fills every channel with a week-long marathon of rom coms.
Say it with Strawberries grew out of love for my wife, Tangela. I found that she loved chocolate covered strawberries. The offerings were so limited. Personalized berries were not available. So, I started to dip my own. In 2009 Say with Strawberries was opened. With our Prices and Variety, ALWAYS Say It With Strawberries!
In a world filled with loveless industrial snack patties, the baked goods at Ricki's Cookie Corner and Bakery go above and beyond normal cookie protocol to provide just enough sweetness to heal psychic wounds. The cookie that sparked the Ricki revolution, the world-famous chipsticks ($6.85 per pound), are a wallet-shaped slice of chewy excellence stuffed with chocolate chips and optional walnuts, also available in peanut butter for George Washington Carver fans. The chocolate marshmallow brownie ($6.85 per pound) is a gooier endeavor ideal for negating awkward silences. Sweet and soft cinnamon buns ($5.70 for six) provide an excellent option for those looking to indulge their sweet tooth before lunchtime without getting judged by a counsel of their peers.
Like plate spinners at the circus, parents constantly race among multiple potential catastrophes. Brandy Marek, herself a mother of twin boys, established Take A Break to give parents time off from this endless balancing act and allow them to focus on their own neglected interests. Guardians unleash pent-up conversation with their grown-up peers over sandwiches and salads washed down with coffee as occasional gleeful shrieks drift to their ears from the playroom, where charges cavort under the watchful eye of Take A Break's staff. As parents take advantage of the alone time and wireless Internet to work, read, or research, kids build fortresses with blocks, assemble puzzles, and tear through a playhouse. With the jingling strains of kid-friendly music playing softly in the background, adults may reserve the café's conference room for meetings with clients, study-group sessions, or to practice setting up a new air mattress.