As a child, Tara Thorpe-Penn didn't lack for homemade meals and sweet treats made "with a healthy dose of love" by her mother. She started Sweet Bliss Cupcakery LLC as a way to continue her mom's legacy of connecting to others through food. The small bakery warms hearts with mini, standard, and jumbo cupcakes and cake pops made from all natural ingredients. They come in all of the traditional flavors, as well as a few oddballs: tequila sunrise, vanilla birthday remix, and Lexy's pink lemonade to name a few.
Rocky River Coffee Company's signature drink blends ice cream and coffee for a sweet pick-me-up. In addition to this, customers stop in for a range of coffee, all made with gourmet beans roasted and packaged locally. These drinks complement a range of sandwiches and pastries, including bagels brought in straight from New York.
At PapaRoni's Pizza & Ice Cream, the aroma of freshly made pizzas, calzones, and subs lures customers in for a decadent feeding frenzy. The chefs fleck specialty pizzas in toppings including asiago cheese, provolone, and ground beef, and each of their signature white pizzas hosts fixings on a foundation of house-made garlic sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. A lengthy dessert menu rewards well-behaved taste buds with a selection of sundaes, shakes, and soft-serve ice cream. Guests can sup in the restaurant's casual dining room, or take their meals to go to devour them at home, at the office, or in a rival pizza place’s parking lot.
Union Street Bistro conjures up images of the old world with pillars, leaf-and-grape accents hanging from the ceilings, and wooden wine racks lining the full-service bar. The space, however, doesn’t feel antiquated or stuffy—large, wall sized windows allow ample amounts of sunlight to illuminate the elegant, table-clothed tables speckled throughout the open space. In addition to the general dining room and large back area for large groups, the restaurant offers patio dining where guests can enjoy their meaty entrees, seafood dishes, or Italian pastas outside.
Working under the motto "If you crave it, we can create it," the staff at Purple Cow Bakery mixes and bakes muffins, cupcakes, and other treats fresh daily, and will honor custom requests if guests call ahead. Staffers also compile fresh salads and sandwiches on house-baked bread, which contribute to a healthy diet when combined with eight glasses of cream-cheese frosting a day.
The chalkboard above the counter at Carm's Cafe teems with descriptions of savory paninis, tasty soups, and wraps stuffed with roasted red peppers and fresh veggies. The cafe serves locally-roasted S&D coffee to sip between bites of desserts such as homemade cheesecake.