For the chocolatiers at The Chocolate Pumpkin, quality always trumps quantity. That's why they specialize in handmade, bite-sized treats that ensure a proper balance of flavors. The chocolatiers also put extra effort into their confections' appearances, molding chocolate into tiny truffles and crafting long-stem chocolate roses. This attention to detail, both in recipes and artistry, helps them create memorable gifts perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, or other days that can be circled with hearts on calendars.
On any given day, the skilled pastry chefs and bakers bustling around Bakery Express’s and Ms. Desserts’ kitchens can be found whipping up all manner of mouthwatering nosh, from gourmet cheesecakes to quiches. As chefs throw open oven doors to withdraw their creations, the newly baked brownies, loaves, and cookies therein flood the air with fragrant wafts of fudge, peanut butter, and lemon. Along with batches of handheld treats, the bakers also craft custom cakes for special occasions ranging from birthdays and weddings to evolutionary mutations. In the factory store, glistening glass cases host trays full of baked goods, and a menu of deli sandwiches, soups, and wings quells the grumbles of stomachs in search of a savory repast.
Melanie Bishop, Peace O' Cake's head baking buff, crafts delicious, custom-made confections for sugar seekers and their loving kin. Treat eaters may choose sugar or chocolate-chip dunking discs for their bouquets, which make ideal gifts for birthdays and recent accomplishments, or for rewarding one's self in front of envious onlookers.
At Art and Cake Bakery, bakers Eric and Alfie elevate sweet treats to fine art. The seasoned bakers have constructed edible versions of floats from the Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race and have even festooned wedding cakes with sugary renditions of Dali’s melting clocks and van Gogh’s iconic swirling stars. The sunlit storefront is an extension of the staff's artistic sensibilities: colorful cases display delicate pastries, and lime-green walls tout local artwork as well as reward posters for cookie-jar thieves.
Cravingz Premium Frozen Yogurt isn't just a haven for decadent, soft-serve frozen yogurt––it's a force of empowerment. Anyone who has ever dreamed of being a dessert chef can have their wish fulfilled inside Cravingz's sunny, lime and pink walls, where they can blend a medley of rotating soft-serve flavors into refreshing concoctions of their own choosing. The self-serve line also offers up everything from fresh fruit to candy.
Adam Greenberg refers to himself as “the world's pickiest eater,” which may explain Bagels 'n Grinds’ distinctive take on the celebrated baked good. Greenberg’s self-professed culinary perfectionism led him to create a secret 10-step bagel recipe that involves a colossal water-purification system, visible to patrons through a glass wall. With scientific precision and occasional mad-scientist cackles, the newly opened shop's staffers create 16 types of bagels that manage the tricky balance of crisp surfaces and soft insides.
Patrons can smear their bagels with low-fat, housemade cream cheeses infused with ingredients such as strawberries or lox, or opt for one of the café’s other creations, such as Bagnini sandwiches topped with piles of meat or marinated portobello mushrooms. Water from the café's purification system also goes into free-trade organic coffees and three different iced-coffee brews. Custom salads incorporate gourmet ingredients such as hormone-free chicken, candied walnuts, or toasted-parmesan crisps, while six distinctive soups are served in cups or bagel bowls. Non-edible amenities inside the new shop include free Internet access, a semi-private conference area, an 18-foot coffee bar, outdoor patio, and flat-screen TVs.