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.
Combining two romantic gestures doesn't always work—it's hard to write a love letter in chocolate or hug someone while you're kissing their hand. However, Jennifer Dumais consolidates romantic gestures with great success when she bakes up cupcake bouquets that look like flowers in a vase with blooms of icing. She also 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.
Jennifer and her staff prep a whole range of homemade confections, from fruit and cream pies to cinnamon chip cookies. Their 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. Guests can even learn how to bake and decorate their own cupcakes during two-hour parties with optional add-ons such as photographers and goodie bags.
The bean grinding gurus at True North Coffee steam, mix, and pour creative coffee beverages, as well as serve a delectable menu of freshly-baked pastries and sandwiches](http://gr.pn/g6VlHt). Patrons can recharge after a long night of werewolfing with a foamy cappuccino ($2.70–$3.60) or throw back a shot of carefully pulled espresso ($1.60–$1.80). Mochas ($3.05–$4.65), chai teas ($2.85–$4.30), and lattes ($2.70–$4.45) come steamed or chilled while True North Coffee's duo of pastry wizards whips up freshly baked treats such as sugary brownies and bars ($1.95), as well as berry-infused scones and muffins ($1.95). While visitors kick back and soak in the relaxing atmosphere and become hypnotized by the alternating colors of the lustrous wood floor, they can munch on classic café sandwiches ($2.50–$6.75) to silence midday hunger roars into satisfied belly meows.
At the outset, Cakes for Occasions owner Kelly Delaney was a one-woman baking wonder, churning out specialty cakes from a single oven in her mother’s kitchen. Today, just more than a decade later, nearly 30 employees join Kelly to sift, whip, and frost more than 700 wedding cakes each year. The still-expanding business has drawn the attention of many press outlets, including The Today Show, and has earned a multitude of accolades that include the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award in 2012, a spot on the Boston Globe_’s 2011 A-List for its birthday and wedding cakes, and an appearance on _TV Diner. The legendary lineup of baked goods ranges from four-tiered fondant wedding cakes to tuxedo cake pops, ideal for black-tie food-on-a-stick galas.