You never have to have the same dessert twice at Yo-Yo?s Premium Frozen Yogurt. The shop's frozen-yogurt dispensers feature a regularly changing roster of 12 flavors, with options ranging from pink-lemonade sorbet to candy bar smash. And even if you held out and waited for a favorite?chocolate caramel turtle, for example?to come around again, there's still the toppings bar, where a choice of 40 candies, cereals, fruits, and other add-ons wait to be sprinkled on top.
A bright-red fender guitar. A roulette wheel. A green dragon poised for attack. These are just a few of the near limitless cake designs that emerge from The Buttercream Boutique. A look at the boutique's past work shows few limitations: edible roses dot tiered cakes, and buttercream icing transforms desserts into scenes from movies, TV shows, and sports games. For weddings, the towering creations stack even higher and incorporate everything from fresh flowers to the father-in-law's car keys.
The desserts showcase flavors almost as varied as their designs. More than 40 flavors, fillings, mix-ins, and infusions—including alcohol—let customers create nearly anything their sweet teeth desire. Alternatively, the boutique can bake one of their tried-and-true flavors. These include favorites such as peanut-butter cup—chocolate cake with a peanut-butter-mousse filling—and seasonal options such as pumpkin-spice cake capped in cream cheese. The Buttercream Boutique also bakes cookies and cupcakes, and many of their recipes accommodate specialty diets.
Aromas of roasting pine nuts, pesto sauces, and baking lasagna fill the air as chefs at Ferrari’s Little Italy and Bakery craft traditional Italian fare according to the owners' family recipes. They sprinkle the signature insalata Ferrari with cranberries, pine nuts, and gorgonzola cheese and top the pollo basilico's roasted chicken with rigatoni, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto cream sauce. Additionally, a pair of bakers slides around 150 loaves of fresh focaccia bread into their ovens each day, yielding slices topped with three colors of bell peppers, spinach, and gorgonzola cheese. These appear in glass bakery cases alongside pastries and artisan gelato from local dessert makers Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet.
Inside Ferrari's multiple dining areas, gas fireplaces flicker among exposed-brick walls, and family photos help create a homey feel. On the outdoor patio, fragrant wisteria vines climb a wooden pergola, and a picturesque fountain quietly babbles recommendations from the wine list.
Teri Scheff, a skilled ceramics sculptor and the founder of Artrageous Desserts, augments celebrations with customizable cupcakes and cakes, in traditional stacks or eye-catching original designs. Armed with a spatula and steady hand, the playful artist crafts cakes for weddings or other special occasions in the likeness of family pets, a new car, or a conventional birthday cake's long-lost twin. The bakery's mature-cake division boasts racy designs in anatomically inspired shapes and adult-themed inscriptions.
Cuisine Type: Candy, Ice Cream, Gourmet Popcorn, Fudge
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Bulk Candy and Gourmet Popcorn
Outdoor Seating: No
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
I always loved going to candy stores while growing up. I wanted to recreate the feeling of taking a trip down memory lane?feeling like a kid every time you go into a candy store like ours.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our soft serve ice cream is available in vanilla and chocolate as well eight rotating flavors like caramel, butter pecan, butterscotch, and many more. All of our bulk candy is available to be used as toppings, ranging from gummies to chocolates and an endless possibility of combinations.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
Chocolate covered bacon. We offer various kinds such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate with sea salt, dark chocolate with sea salt, and milk chocolate peanut butter. The bacon and chocolate together creates a good blend of salty and sweet and make for a very delicious treat.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Hundreds of candies, gourmet popcorn, chocolates, fudge, ice cream, slush puppies, as well as Coke products. Basically all kinds of sweets can be found here.
Founders of Huntergreengrass Edward and Barb ousted meat from their diets more than three decades ago. Their conversion to vegetarianism launched them on a journey to wellness with many pit stops: they opened a health-food store and helmed a vegan catering company, and Edward penned a vegetarian cookbook. But the defining moment of their foray into health and understanding of compound words was when Barb began training under Dr. Ann Wigmore, a pioneer in the wheatgrass movement. As Barb learned about healthy living and the wheatgrass diet and began to adhere to it, she and Edward had their freshest idea yet: Huntergreengrass. Recently named Best Wheatgrass Fix by Cincinnati CityBeat, Huntergreengrass brings to Findlay Market a menu of juices, smoothies, soups, and vegetarian fare more health-focused than a multivitamin wrapped in kale and stuffed in a carrot. The flavorful beverages and noshes hail from Edward and Barb's organic, nutrient-fortified soil, where wheat berries flourish until they ripen to the peak of nutrition and sweetness at 6–10 inches. Then the couple snips all the stalks from one tray and stows them in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. The healthful shots brim with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and digestion-aiding enzymes. Shots can be swirled into sweet juices of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies such as carrots, apples, beets, and oranges.