Since 1958, George's Bakery has stocked everything necessary for a Mediterranean dinner party or an authentic Wednesday night. Crowding the shelves are specialty spices, fresh pita breads, olives, and all kinds of imported canned goods. Along with baklava and other pastries, the store sells hookahs and the flavored tobacco they need to survive.
At Par 97, there's nothing weird about bringing your golf clubs to the dinner table. The eatery's high-definition golf simulators work much like real-world golf courses, in that players hit real balls with real clubs?but when the balls hit the screen, they turn digital, landing on cyberworld recreations of courses such as Pebble Beach or Torrey Pines.
The technology means that even when it's raining out, enthusiasts can perfect their swings and try out different flat-cap and plaid-trouser combinations, fueled by the kitchen's casual take on the four-course meal: appetizers, wings, and sliders, followed by a main dish.
Jennifer Dumais consolidates romantic gestures with great success when she bakes, sculpts, and frosts customized cakes for any event, as evidenced by her gallery of edible art. Idiosyncratic cakes that resemble a tool belt or a gathering of jungle animals complement tiered wedding cakes, which can sport spiraling accents and actual flowers. Sugar Coated Bakery's impressive list of cake flavors covers classic tastes, such as chocolate and old-fashioned lemon, in addition to slices of pumpkin, white chocolate spice, and seasonal passion fruit. All these are available as cupcake flavors as well.
Honey Dew Donuts founder Dick Bowen didn’t expect anything special to happen one winter morning in 1978. He simply arrived at his shop in Plainville, greeted his co-baker, and waited for the day's customers. Instead, what showed up was a devastating storm, known henceforth as the Blizzard of '78. The two bakers were snowed in and had nobody to serve their signature donuts to. Making the best of an unfortunate situation, they began experimenting in the kitchen and ultimately came up with the cinnamon stick, a helix of cinnamon and fried dough that would help their business reach even greater levels of popularity.
The snow ultimately melted, and Honey Dew Donuts went on to open several additional locations throughout New England. In addition to Bowen's signature cinnamon sticks, each shop serves steamy coffee drinks, freshly baked muffins, and dozens of other donut varieties.
At Jeanne's Bakeshop, every dessert is made from scratch. This gives the bakers complete control over the treats' ingredients and flavors, and allows them to specialize in nut-free candies and baked goods. To keep allergies at bay, they buy ingredients from Vermont Nut-Free Chocolate and flip past all the spring months in the office calendar.
The bakery's selection is huge?cake options range from frosting-free bundts to novelty sculpture cakes, including sweet 16 tiaras and electric guitars. If you're planning a party, frosted cookies come in every shape to match your party theme, from baby bottles to roller skates, and the shop's elaborate cake-pop bouquets make great centerpieces. Brownies, cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries round out the selection, though the pastry case's offerings change each day.