Owner and baker Chandell Witham knows real passion for baked goods. To put herself through culinary school, the single mother of three had to work long hours as a bartender in a disappointingly donut-free environment. Her perseverance paid off and today Chandell spends plenty of time with her children and her brainchild, Fritters N Jitters, where she mans the kitchens and whips up tasty donuts. Every morning, she bakes off fresh batches of comforting plain donuts. As patrons order, the innovative baker then outfits each ringed pastry with customizable frostings and toppings to fashion quirky confections her guests can marvel at alongside a steaming cup of coffee or fresh-squeezed donut juice. Frosting choices include classic flavors and wild variations such as mint or crunch peanut butter, and can be accented with a choice of sprinkles, candy pieces, or salty portions of pretzels or crispy bacon.
For the owner of PinkaBella Cupcakes, baking comes second nature??she's been doing it since before she could reach the kitchen counter. Since the first PinkaBella opened, the cupcake chain has expanded to five locations locally. Their mouth-watering flavors include caramel macchiato, irish creme, and bananas foster.
The first time you visit Canarino Gelato, it can take a minute to locate the 24 daily flavors of gelato and sorbetto. When you finally pick out the handwritten list from all the other art scribbled on the chalkboard wall, you arrive at the truly difficult part: deciding upon a flavor. Year-round favorites such as salted caramel and sour cherry are always a good bet, but they must contend with seasonally inspired scoops of pumpkin gelato topped with crunchy leaves. Fruity, tart flavors are well-represented on the sorbetto menu, and they serve as a nice counterpoint to the bitter and slightly sweet notes of the house coffee.
Before they became business partners, the owners of Frost Doughnuts were just three best friends who shared a passion for loving and eating donuts. Following what must rank among the most productive hangout sessions ever, the trio decided their beloved breakfast staple was worthy of elevation alongside other resurrected sweet treats such as the cupcake, and so they got to work crafting a concept that would revamp its reputation from greasy to gourmet. Today, while customers still sink their teeth into a roster of exquisitely baked classics such as a chocolate glazed or bavarian-cream filled, it’s the shop's evolved flavors that really turn morning munch-a-thons upside down. Available on a rotating schedule due to their gourmet preparations and forgivable diva complexes are favorites such as a smoky bacon maple bar or an aztec chocolate donut iced with cinnamon-cayenne chocolate. Inside the charming shop, diners can watch as chefs whip up batches of banana split fritters or peaches and crème bismarcks in their exhibition-style kitchen, but should take care to break their hypnotic gaze before closing time, as all leftover donuts depart for local food shelters at the end of each day.
Daily-made batches of breads, cakes, and pastries cast intoxicating aromas across this charming French-inspired café, where passionate bakers prepare every morsel from locally sourced ingredients while wearing internationally sourced berets. Cups of slow-roasted Pegasus coffee chase tastes of made-from-scratch soups and signature sandwiches, such as a BLT slathered in roasted tomato jam and garlic aioli, on the lunch menu.
The ovens at Laura's Gourmet Bakery gild the edges of both traditional and gluten-free pastries. When sliced, coconut-ring cakes reveal an inner layer of chocolate, and red-velvet-cake sandwiches embrace mascarpone frosting. Gluten-free selections include cinnamon-raisin scones and caramel-pecan brownies. Cups of Victrola espresso or blended fruit smoothies complement the sweet flavors better than eating a spoonful of salt between bites.