The enticing aromas of housemade cupcakes and fried sweet-potato pies waft from Slice of Grace Bakery Boutique’s kitchen, where a team of bakers concocts new variations on traditional Southern treats. Their penchant for integrating unusual flavors into old-fashioned desserts has earned them national attention on programs such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Cupcake Wars.
The bakery’s recent surge in popularity hasn’t changed its formula for success; the bakers still start from scratch early each morning, filling the shop’s display case with frosting-swirled cupcakes in flavors such as strawberry shortcake, chocolate peanut butter, and maple-bacon cider topped with sprinkles of actual bacon. Fans of the miniature treats can build their own full-size cake, as the bakery’s gallery of custom creations will attest. Aside from their flagship cakes and fluffy whoopie pies, boxed lunches with a sandwich, a choice of side, a cupcake, and utensils for mixing all three together offer a change of pace.
Rostov's has been giving Virginians their morning jolt since 1979, roasting all its coffee beans fresh daily using its very own Jabez-Burns 1940s roaster. Rostov's usually has around 50 breeds of buzz-beans in stock for your caffeinated consumption, such as the rich mocha java ($10.25/lb.), the flavorful Seville orange ($11.25/lb.), and the intensely robust French roast ($11/lb.). Prices fluctuate slightly based on current market values. Rostov's can also fill your mug with about 60 strains of loose-leaf tea, which cover a rainbow of greens, blacks, whites, reds, and herbals. Traditional English breakfast tea ($9/lb.) begs to be served with crumpets and dry wit, and shares shelf space with more exotic concoctions, such as a green tea with roasted rice. The decaf Richmond blend features black tea ($14/lb.), blending cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves into a one-way ticket to total bliss, minus the grueling layover in Insomnia.
We offer over fifty varieties of loose-leaf, organic and fair-trade tea. From everyday blends to connoisseur single leaf teas, we like to think we have something for everyone. And with that comes our relaxed atmosphere where we encourage lounging, playing games, reading or napping. Oh, and there's free WI-Fi too.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Idyllic memories seem to be baked right into each of the desserts at Mo's Sweet Minis. A bite of a marshmallow-frosted s’mores cupcake, for example, might trigger flashbacks of a flickering campfire, and the jelly-filled peanut-butter cupcake might take one back to the sandwich days of childhood. There seems to be a flavor for every mood.
The bakers crack eggs, sift flour, and measure out sugar to bake treats fresh and build giant dough-snowmen each day. Cupcakes aren’t their only specialty; they also offer cookies, banana pudding, and other sweets. If desired, they’ll concoct low-fat and low-sugar versions of their desserts. Patrons can also request event packages with cupcake towers, tablecloths, napkins, and special menus.
A gathering place for both children and parents, Cartwheels & Coffee sows the seeds of neighborhood camaraderie with its multi-purpose recreational facility. Inside, an enclosed play area entertains children aged six and under with interactive fun, and a separate section keeps babies captivated with age-appropriate toys. Meanwhile, parents can kick back alongside each other in the Wi-Fi-equipped cafe and sip on locally roasted cups of coffee or recharge with other items from the menu. Special events throughout the week provide a change of pace to normal activities, including singing sessions on Mondays and dance classes on Wednesdays.
Carytown Cupcakes' team of bakers, affectionately known as "Team Buttercream," handcrafts the shop's preservative-free treats from scratch daily. Proprietor Dawn Schick harnessed the epicurean skills she gained as a personal chef and caterer to open her own cupcake shop in 2009 and has been baking alongside her expert team ever since. Her permanent menu of classic cupcakes woos sweet teeth with the familiar, comforting flavors of red velvet, vanilla, and baby blanket. Meanwhile, her seasonal menus rotate weekly to include vegan and gluten-free selections that fit into themes ranging from wine country to candy bars.