B&B Bagel's name refers to the traditional process of making a bagel: boiling and baking. Whereas many places skip the boiling step, B&B considers it crucial ("If it's not boiled, it's not a bagel," their website states definitively).
It's hard to argue with the results. Any of the shop's classic bagels can be topped with flavored cream cheeses or breakfast meats; there's even a pizza bagel that comes with melted cheese and pepperonis. Of course, bagels aren't the only items on the menu. The shop also serves cinnamon rolls and traditional sandwiches, neither of which are boiled.
Mister Bulky doles out the largest selection of Jelly Belly jellybeans in the Midwest as the headliner to a gargantuan cast of confectionery classics. Rock-candy sticks ($.90) and Pop Rocks ($1.25) turn mouths into scrumptious excavation sites for mining bicuspids and spelunking molars. Classic offerings of candy corn ($6.99/lb.) and salt-water taffy ($6.99/lb.) evoke feelings of childhood bliss, and one-pound Jawbreakers prompt mouthwatering studies in diameter and circumference ($7.50/piece). Chocolate Ice Cubes ($11.99/lb.) melt in your mouth before a flapper-garb-wearing Charleston Chew dances across your taste buds ($1.25). Both Mister Bulky locations don candy-themed wall décor and end-to-end bins of sweets that, similar to child-run gambling rings, strike a playful balance between organization and childlike bliss.
Once, upon adding the finishing whiskers to her custom wedding cake, Cherie stared in horror at what she had done. The cake looked exactly like an armadillo: beady eyes, bulbous armor, spindly claws. Concerned with its semblance to the rodent, Cherie insisted that her client come by and assess the cake before making her final decision to present it as her wedding centerpiece. The bride-to-be let out a squeal of joy. ?I love it! It?s exactly what I wanted.? Cherie let out a sigh of relief.
Cherie, who has been decorating cakes for 30 years, admits that there?s no accounting for taste. Despite her personal opinions on armadillos, she was heartened by her client?s elation, which is ultimately why she began baking in first place. ?It?s so much fun watching kids eat their first birthday cake that you?ve worked on for hours, or to get thank-you notes from brides who say your cake tastes just as good a year later, at their one-year anniversary.?
To ensure that smiles and thank-you notes continue to pour in, Cherie collaborates with clients to design the ideal treat for their celebrations. She reviews photos with them during in-person consultations, and even requests napkins and invitations in order to design a cake to complement each event?s aesthetic. After assembling her cakes, she swathes their fluffy exteriors with her cream sherry frosting, which adds an oaky and sweet finish.
Hot sandwiches and cold scoops of ice cream dominate the menu at The Eagle Scoop, a comfortable, all-American neighborhood spot that specializes in familiar, made-to-order meals. Diners can build custom sandwiches or paninis that arrive piled with turkey, swiss, and a variety of dressings. Smaller dishes such as cups of daily-made soup and chili-cheese dogs can round out meals or serve as their own meal. Diners can finish meals with ice cream, brownie sundaes, banana splits, or malts.
Decorative drapes, a chandelier, and houseplants on a white mantle lend Carrie Lyn's Ice Cream Parlor an elegant, inviting ambiance. Seated around wooden tables, patrons dip spoons into 16 flavors of ice cream, sip shakes, and devour treats like the cookie-laced Boonville Bellyache. The shop also prepares sandwiches such as the Tristy, which combines ham, bacon, swiss cheese, and avocado on a grilled ciabatta roll.
Crystal Mooers has been decorating cakes for nearly three decades, including 15 years working as a cake decorator for large food chains. About seven years ago, she and her husband Steven decided to tap into the teamwork they'd honed raising five children together and started their own business: Just Cakes. Together, they provision parties of every sort with festively layered cakes.
Crystal festoons birthday sheet cakes with basic decorations or spruces them up with edible images, cutout shapes, or fondant designs. Her grooms' cakes express new husbands' interests, from cheering on a sports team to fixing up vintage cars to eating cake. Wedding-cake flavors, including butter pecan and red velvet, are spackled together with cheesecake mousse, peach-velvet topping, and other sweet fillings, creating multi-tiered masterpieces that realize newlyweds' confectionary dreams. She also shapes adult novelty cakes into risqué works of art for bachelor or bachelorette parties. To help hosts and hostesses put the finishing touches on their events, they rent out plate-topped columns, stands, pedestals, and fountains.
Just Cakes is a labor of love for the couple for reasons beyond their confectionary passions. They donate a percentage of the bakery's proceeds to help Crystal's sister pay her medical bills as she fights breast cancer.