Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
Step into Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's old-timey storefront, which evokes soda shops of yesteryear, and let the succulent smells of sugary snacks and baking bread amplify your appetite. Then gaze into glass cases at more than a dozen varieties of cookies, and choose one with a gooey raspberry ($.75 each), apple, or peanut-butter center ($7.25 per dozen). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's seasoned chefs also bake caramel cups ($4.09 per half-dozen) and filled brownie bites ($6 per dozen), the first bite of which releases warm, gooey fudge into the air. If doughy disks don't tickle your taste buds, go for a scone ($.90 each), muffin ($1.20 each), gift basket of treats ($18.99 plus tax for one dozen), or breakfast biscotti ($8.99 per pound). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe encourages early risers to nab the first batches at its weekday 7 a.m. opening time. Visit the website to view a compendium of goods and pricing.
Gelateria Barbara takes taste buds on a tour of Italy with a procession of artisanal gelatos and fresh pastas. Featuring fanciful flavors such as panna cotta, salty toffee, and strawberry-lemon cheesecake, gelato justice is served in single-scoop cones ($1.95), triple-dipped waffle cones ($3.25), or three Goldilocks-approved cup sizes ($3.25–$4.25).
Open since 1950, Art's Grocery & Bakery sustains an extensive confectionery menu brimming with stacks of fresh cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pies, and more. The cookery boasts more than a baker's dozen of decadent cookie creations, which lures timid tongues away from their mouthy roots with the promise of sugary rewards. Submit to your taste buds' longings with a dozen handmade cookies ($3.59–$9 per dozen) in flavors such as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter, or try a no-bake cookie, which caters to customers who are against cookie violence. Buy your coworker's friendship with an assortment of smoothly frosted cupcakes ($6.99 per dozen) and muffins ($1.25 each) or traverse the rich crust of the baklava ($1.25 each), filled with a toothsome trifecta of syrup, honey, and nuts.
Clarencedale Cake?s creations range from four-tiered wedding cakes dotted with elegant roses, to neon-green cupcakes and edible ladybugs. Professional artists design custom cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions, each of which is nothing less than a unique work of art. They can sculpt a football-helmet cake for a birthday party, or a cake shaped like a Tiffany box for a bridal shower. But customers can drop in for everyday indulgences, too?the bakery keeps a case stocked with cupcakes, cookies, and pastries in a variety of rotating flavors, as well as seasonal specialities such as turkey cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies.
Occupying the same spot on a blacktop parking lot since the 1950s, the walk-up windows at Fran-Ceil Custard jog nostalgic memories of generations past. Although the sweetery has been under its current ownership for the past 30 years, the legacy of the shop's namesake Frances and Celia—wives to founders Tony and Michael—lives on not only in name, but also through the same French-style custard that has filled cups for more than half a century. A rotating menu of weekly flavors, such as pistachio, tangerine, or black raspberry, spirals into cones alongside the original chocolate and vanilla custards, and 13 varieties of hard-scoop ice cream form a decadent base for banana splits, fudge brownie sundaes, and poorly constructed suspension bridges. Over the years, homemade sherbets have been added into the mix, making rotating batches of lime, raspberry, and orange scoops.