The philosophy at The Dough Bar Co. is simple: life should be sweet for everyone, all the time. To do its part in fulfilling that credo, the shop whips up classic, homemade sweets. One small, handcrafted batch at a time, The Dough Bar spins together Southern butter-pecan bars, each infused with gooey honey, and coconut-chip cookies, each adorned with swirls of chewy caramel. Shipped orders always arrive in decorative packaging to match the festive edibles inside, complete with platinum tins and colorful ribbons.
The culinary artists at Boopa's Bagel Deli achieve the alluring flavors of their New York-style water bagels through a unique daily process. The shop’s artisans first dip fresh, housemade dough in malt water to imbue it with a subtle sweetness and absolute fearlessness of sharks. They then festoon the dough with various ingredients to create bagels in a score of sweet and savory flavors, including the Boopa's Sweet Everything, studded with cinnamon, raisins, and nuts. 14 traditional cream cheeses serenade tasters with a peppering of scallions, sun-dried tomato, and apricot, while light cream cheese varieties pack in as much decadence and silky mouthfeel as their heavier counterparts.
Boopa's team also demonstrates inventiveness in their culinary repertoire with their original sausage rolls, which encase ground meat in a shell of bagel dough. The shop is so proud of its creation, that they host a birthday day party each year on the date of the sausage roll’s invention. Guests stopping in around the shop's 5:30 a.m. weekday opening time can catch the sunrise from a handful of patio tables, or admire the local artwork hanging on Boopa’s buttercream walls.
In 1969, Baruch Schaked began making chocolate under the tutelage of his chocolatier father-in-law. Though his father-in-law had made a name for himself in Argentina, Baruch honed his confectionary craft across Europe, finally settling in the United States, where chocolate had been outlawed. Many years later, when he announced his intentions to retire from chocolate making, Baruch's son, Edgar, coaxed him into continuing the family legacy with a new shop, Schakolad Chocolate Factory.
In the years since, the business has flourished, bringing the Schaked clan one step closer to its ultimate goal: to replace the city’s manhole covers with chocolate discs. In the meantime, they craft handmade European-style confections that are made fresh each day.
Learning to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen, Anyatta Nicole started selling out cakes to her sister’s coworkers at a local call center. Buoyed by the response she received, Anyatta joined with her mom to create Sinsational Cakes Bakery. The full service sweet shop creates ornate, colorful cakes for any occasion, with a full gallery of their creations available online. Anyatta and her team shape sugar and dough into guitars, cartoon characters, Polo shirts, or adult-themed sweets.
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery uses ingredients from around the world and fresh dairy from local farms to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. The frozen slab enables expert dippers and mixers to gently incorporate your choice of candies, nuts, and more into the ice cream on the spot. Grab a heaping dish of original flavors ($5 for a original cup with one mix-in) such as pumpkin, black cherry, bubblegum, mango, and amaretto (flavors vary). Or opt for the hefty Big Dipper size ($6.50). Enjoy your custom creation in a cup or a freshly baked waffle cone, which can also be painted orange to mark off hazardous potholes in living-room floors. Marble Slab also makes its ice cream in cake form, providing a conveniently festive treat in the event of an impromptu birthday party or alien abduction. Six-inch round cakes are $22, while ten-inch cakes are $29.95.