Catch Phrase Cafe, located within Columbia County Library, bridges the worlds of literature and food. Guests can relax in overstuffed chairs as they read magazines or books, sip warm or blended caf? drinks, and enjoy snacks such as freshly baked cookies and Blue Bell ice cream. There are heartier options, too, including savory soups and stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches. The caf?'s interior is a convenient spot for a quiet lunch or a group meeting, and an outdoor pond invites visitors to take a scenic walk while sipping a cup of lemonade or locally roasted Buona Caffe coffee.
Neapolitan Cupcake & Gift Shoppe serves up decadent floury favorites that are baked every morning and meticulously crafted to look attractive and taste irresistibility sweet. Neapolitan's dedicated bakers can satiate your sugary cravings for gourmet cupcakes ($15 for a half-dozen), offering house specials like double-decker carrot cake. Weekly seasonal flavors include the sumptuous caramel apple, with apple spice cake, caramel-infused frosting, and cinnamon sugar, and the aromatic strawberry delight, which recreates the whimsical experience of being shot out of a cannon into the world's largest strawberry.
In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.
It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
Executive Chef Tony DiRenzo comes to Caf? on the Canal with years of cooking experience, including a stint at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club. In the kitchen, Tony blends his Italian roots with an affinity for Southern cooking to prepare an array of dishes including fried catfish sandwiches, pimento cheeseburgers, and meatloaf. Guests can also stop in for breakfast, which features an all-you-can-eat buffet or ? la carte items such as omelets and french toast. Caf? on the Canal is located in the Kroc Center alongside other programs and facilities designed to serve the residents of the greater Augusta area.
The bakers of Lil' Dutch Bakery have their plates full, in both the literal and figurative sense. They wake up early to whip, sift, and frost all of their cakes on-site. Then they move on to the other desserts, which include everything from artfully decorated cookies to specialty cupcakes.
It's amazing that these bakers find time to complete so many custom orders, whipping up multi-tired fondant cakes for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, and Tuesday night dinner. Speaking of dinner, they also prepare frozen casseroles that can be taken home and popped in the oven to feed up to 10 people.