Wade Cohen is on a mission. Not content to merely fill mugs and bellies, he and his team at Coffee Works Too have crafted a community-oriented space designed to nurture creativity, advocacy, and friendship. An events calendar packed with open mic nights, live music, and karaoke helps bring these values to life, but it's Wade's personality that really drives the café's positive energy. He's a dad and a Renaissance man, toastmaster, a music lover and karaoke fan who's constantly adding new hobbies to his repertoire. Wade's open-mindedness, and the priority he places on growth and evolution in personal life, lends to Thursday's Spiritual Grounds night, which features noted authors and professionals to enlighten the atmosphere. Of course, he doesn't forget the shop's commitment to serving delicious coffee, hand-crafted soups, salads, and gluten-free dishes, or the element of surprise. Coffee Works Too has seen legendary recording artists pop in to take the stage, which has caused some to say "you never know who will be walking through the door."
Desserted Pastries' experienced bakers craft a conscientious menu of allergy- and diet-friendly sweets and savories. Relying only on nut-free recipes, the bakery purveys cinnamon rolls ($2), cream puffs ($1.50), and éclairs ($1.50) that sate sweet teeth without harming allergy sufferers or incurring vendettas from aggrieved cashews. Cakes of the yellow, chocolate, red-velvet, and carrot variety ($12+) encapsulate cylindrical deliciousness, and cupcakes ($9/half dozen) and cookies ($7.50/dozen) supply delectable mouthfuls by the handful. Yeast breads, including french, italian, and challah loaves ($2–$7), bestow a crusty crunch on any celebration, from an acquaintance's pastry-school graduation to a pet rock's birthday party. Desserted Pastries prides itself on serving oven-fresh delicacies, and therefore requires advance orders for breads, seasonal treats, and gluten-free goods. Check the menu for details.
Delicate, crispy crepe edges give way to a tender pastry center. Each paper-thin bite reveals a hidden filling such as lemon and sugar, nutella, or italian sausage. Le Cafe Creperie’s chefs have perfected their art with a five-step process: patrons can watch as cooks pour, spin, and flip their crepe, fill it with sweet or savory ingredients, then fold it to trap in the luscious flavors. Beyond crepes, Le Cafe also serves their own flatbread creations, "nanzzas." These unique pizzas are made with a foundation of Tandoori-naan flatbread and come baked in nine varieties such as pesto basil, spinach and chicken, chicken asiago, Mediterrranean, and tomato basil.
After Vernon Rudolph acquired a closely guarded yeast-raised Krispy Kreme Doughnuts recipe from a New Orleans pastry chef, he shared his appreciation for delectable disks by opening shop in 1937 and selling the first Krispy Kremes to grocery stores. The wafting aroma of glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts increased demand for the sweet treats and caused Rudolph to redesign his building's layout to include a walkup window, Rudolph was able to sell them directly to any passing customer who demanded a snack. Later, he joined forces with equipment engineers, creating baking equipment that guaranteed uniform shape and dough consistency.
Rudolph's departure to a pastry-filled afterlife in 1973 did not stop Krispy Kreme from expanding into a global sensation and continuing to innovate. In recent years, the company enhanced the treat-retrieving experience by introducing a Hot Light that, when illuminated, indicates when Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are fresh off the conveyor belt.
At How Sweet It Is Cupcake Company, every fistful of flavor is conceived, baked, and carefully decorated by resident baker Sandy Sapanaro, who places balanced emphasis on gourmet taste and couture aesthetics. Sandy’s menu sports both classic and seasonal sweets, the former represented by favorites such as red velvet, chocolate peanut butter, and coconut with meringue icing, and the latter currently featuring October-appropriate pumpkin varieties. Armed with today’s mix-and-match Groupon, cupcake cravers can load their belly weapon with twelve baked bullets of their choice, until they are shooting smiles left, right, and sideways to Paul Giamatti. To score your 12-rack, simply phone ahead, fill out an online order form through the How Sweet It Is website, or shout (politely) with vocal support from the diaphragm.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.