For more than 25 years, Cookie Expressions has been expressing its love for fresh baked goods by whipping up artful cookie arrangements for tons of occasions. Woo the goodwill of sweetheart bosses or bossy sweethearts on October 16 with a six long-stem cookie bouquet, featuring a half-dozen chocolate-chip cookies, dressed in their fanciest red cellophane evening wraps, and arranged with baby's breath and a fern to resemble a box of roses ($33.95). Any number of the get well soon bouquets ($32.95–$42.95) will help rally hospital-bound loved ones to quickly regain the use of their jaw, while the soda glass bouquet ($33.95) also can be used to toast to their speedy recovery.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery fills rumbly tummies with American breakfast, lunch, and dinner classics all day long. Break fasts and pocket watches stuck on 6:42 a.m. with a plate of buttermilk pancakes made according to a secret recipe ($5.99 for five) or a signature omelet filled with a bevy of toothsome ingredients, and served with two sides ($8.19–$9.19). Burger-lovers can chew their way through a variety of ground-chuck patties, including the Tangler burger, piled high with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crunchy fried onions, lettuce, and tomato, and slathered in a grey-poupon bistro sauce ($8.99). The hearty Down Home meatloaf ($8.99) subdues substantial appetites with two beef-gravy-covered slices and two sides, surpassing pimento and lazy stepbrothers for the title of America’s favorite loaf. Diners can slake their thirst with a full selection of Coca-Cola sodas ($2.59), regular or decaffeinated coffee ($1.99), and hand-dipped shakes or malts ($4.79) while perusing the capacious bakery menu, loaded with fresh pies and tarts.
Gen Perryman, owner of The Cupcake Orchard, has always loved to bake desserts but admits that she was inspired to open her bakery by the influx of cupcake shops across the country. She says on her website, “As I saw these cupcakeries popping up around the country, I thought, 'why not package what I love doing into a sweet cupcake?'” Every morning, Gen and her staff freshly prepare each batch using eggs and butter from local farms, seasonal fruits, and Belgian chocolate. The shop carries eight “everyday” flavors—favorites include chocolate-chocolate and red velvet—as well as three to five seasonal flavors such as pumpkin, caramel apple, and snowball.
Sweet Tooth is a bakery devoted to making all of its treats from scratch in-house each day. With a vast panoply of baked goods and desserts to choose from, squealing sweet teeth can be easily sated. Celebrate another year of gravity functioning properly with a dozen chocolate chip cookies ($10), subdue your sour attitude with a slice of lemon pound cake ($2), or pick up a pint of ice cream ($4.90) for an on-the-go frozen fix during your next marathon. Other Sweet Tooth stomach-satisfiers include chocolate cakes ($26+), thick milkshakes ($7.95), and brownies ($2.25 each). Writers weary from all-night conversations with their typewriters can recharge with a large coffee ($1.50), a double cappuccino ($3.50), or a double espresso ($2.75), made with real Italian espresso beans. Step into Sweet Tooth’s quaint quarters and reward yourself for being yourself with a deluge of decadent desserts.
At The Buffalo Cakery, founder and baked goods guru Justina Adams leads a team that exudes not only passion for its work, but passion for its city, as well. Both are on display six days per week, when the shop opens its doors to help satisfy sweets cravings with cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and more. For special events, the shop’s bakers and artists join forces to design personalized centerpieces, with a multitude of cake flavors, fillings, and icings available in a seemingly endless number of cakey combinations.
Dolci is an Italian dessert bakery dishing up a scrumptious selection of freshly baked cakes, cookies, and breads, in addition to tongue-tingling tarts and a variety of gelato. Sink sweet teeth into a zesty lemon curd cake (8", $31.50) or indulge globetrotting taste buds with mexican chocolate ganache ($11.50 for mini cake) and italian ciabatta bread. Cherry-berry and apple-caramel tarts will curb fruit cravings (9", $20.59), while biscotti packs both a savory crunch and an edible baton for maestros on the go ($11.50 for 1 lb.). Dolci also offers a variety of nature-friendly treats, such as vegan chocolate-chip cookies ($2.75 each). The in-store café lets visitors complement their baked goods with drinks and effusive declarations of love, or skip the sweets for savory soups.
Zillycakes specializes in custom-made treats designed to-order and handcrafted with fresh ingredients. Delve into this cornucopia of miniaturized confections with your choice of six large cupcakes (regularly $2.95 each, including toppings and sprinkles), which you can customize by cake flavor, frosting flavor, and an additional topping. Sidle up to the bakery's cupcake bar, where you can design your own and then stick around to say "cheers" through a mouthful of fresh cupcake. Yellow cake with buttercream, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream or ganache, and red-velvet cake with cream flavors are always available, along with four seasonally selected flavors that change monthly; one of them is always vegan. Past specialty offerings have included peach amaretti with peach buttercream and vegan lemon with vanilla frosting and fresh blueberries, while regular toppings include options such as rainbow sprinkles, lavender buds, and peanut-butter Captain Crunch. Zillycakes has all the specialty ingredients to build the cupcake of your dreams, except for those who dream of cupcakes topped with adorable, buttercream-coated puppies.