The Pettit family is used to getting up early. A tradition begun by bakery owner Richard Pettit in 1954, Richard's sons Bret and Mark are now the ones shaking themselves out of bed to ensure the scratch-made donuts, bismarks, and freshly baked pastries are hot and ready when the doors open at 4 a.m. Other morning morsels include homemade muffins, chewy cookies, and gooey cinnamon and pecan rolls, while pies are also baked each day to guarantee their freshness for special occasions or rumbles between warring gangs of clowns. For celebrations, the chefs can be also appointed to create custom cakes for weddings and birthdays or decadent coffee cakes that help make any morning feel extra-special.
Bliss Old Market Bakery tempts baked-goods collectors and one-off sweets samplers alike with an assortment of delicately crafted pastries and desserts. This deal hooks up handheld treat lovers with a dozen of Bliss's small cupcakes, which they can choose to turn into as many flavors as numerical potential will allow. Softly bite into cake flavors such as red velvet, ginger peach, and spiced chai, or propose a toast "to the marriage of flour and sugar" with the pink-champagne option before ending that marriage abruptly with your incisors. After the cake is chosen, add your choice of frosting, with sweet, fluffy options such as Bailey’s buttercream and strawberry meringue supplying the tastiest toppings since King Phillip III donned his whipped-cream crown. The bakery also offers its carrot cake, red velvet, and other flavors as gluten-free alternatives.
Caffeine Dreams helps buttress the fragile social fabric with a bevy of beverages and grub. Amidst a relaxing environment of cozy exposed-brick walls and wooden tones, slow-sipping patrons can nurse in-house roasted coffee that’s available in Fair Trade organic form. Grab a double-sized cup of one of their sweet caffeinated concoctions like the Muse with milk, espresso, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla ($3.75); the Day Dreamer with milk, espresso, chocolate, praline, and caramel ($3.75); or a classic double-shot of espresso ($1.65). A double-sized mate latte ($2.85) will soothe the pipes of tea fans with the earthy Argentinean blend of tea and milk. Please your taste magnets with sweet and savory treats, including the hummus plate ($5.75), the Thai chicken salad ($5.75), and the cinnamon roll ($2.75). Caffeine Dreams stays open late, and also offers an outdoor-garden-patio area for last-minute seasonal sips, plus plenty of parking for gluetus maximi and automobiles.
Rachael Ray, The Today Show, and The View all rave about the exceptional ice cream, gelato, and sorbetto handmade in small batches from fresh milk, cream, and sugar at eCreamery. With a 16-flavor menu that changes daily, choose-your-own mix-ins, as well as plenty of dairy-free options, sweet-seekers will find ice-cold creations to suit any palette. Savor a regular-sized sea salt caramel gelato ($4.79) or stare down brain freezes with a raspberry sorbetto shake ($4.75). It's even possible to design your own flavor if ordering four pints or more; 48 hours' notice brings ice-cream ideas to life, finally making it possible to taste the Honey Caramel Latte Blood Orange Pumpkin gelato that haunts your dreams.
Juice Stop uses fresh, nutritious ingredients to whip up their low-temperature, high-energy smoothies and protein shakes. Make over your morning routine with a Coaches' Choice smoothie (skim milk, chocolate, yogurt, and cappuccino mix), or jog through a Marathon (orange juice, bananas, and strawberries). Protein-packed options such as the World's Cup (skim milk, chocolate, peanut butter, and yogurt) are hearty enough to replace a meal or glue the legs of a G.I. Joe onto a Barbie. All smoothies are blended from scratch (no mixes are used) and can be spruced up with added nutrient blends to boost energy, metabolism, and the immune system.
Eileen's Colossal Cookies sates the hungry taste buds of dessert-deprived patrons with an extensive cookie collection. Avoid the embarrassment of an empty cookie jar by stuffing it with baked disks ($4.75 per dozen) available in 15 flavors, including chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, and double chocolate-chocolate-chip walnut, which is designed to satisfy double-strength cocoa cravings. Baking aficionados can bring home a three-pound tub of dough-to-go ($8.50) and cheer as Eileen's colossal parcels come to chewy, delectable life within the confines of a home oven.