The cupcake is a national figure of dining-room table ornamentation and post-work indulgence, and the skilled bakers at Hello, Cupcake crown their gobletcakes with real buttercreams made by hand. Cupcake satisfaction comes in a variety of sweet flavors from classic vanilla cakes with vanilla buttercream to chocolate batters, red velvet cakes, carrot, salted caramel, and the recently discovered pumpkin spice cupcake.
The founders of Eclipse Coffee and Tea sought to create a more personal and welcoming space than what they found in franchised coffee shops. So they invite their patrons to curl up on one of their couches with a coffee drink made with beans from Cincinnati roaster Seven Hills Coffee. The baristas craft hot and cold beverages, including signature lattes flavored with milk chocolate, caramel, almond, coconut, and even peanut butter, making for a drink that's sweeter and more convenient than stirring a cappucino with a candy bar. At lunch, patrons enjoy specialty paninis or the create-your-own sandwich option, directing staff to build custom sandwiches with Boar's Head cold cuts. Baked goods from Ashley's Pastry Shop, which has served the area for about 30 years, are made fresh daily for breakfast or dessert.
The Winans family has been making lives a little sweeter for more than a century. During the Great Depression, townspeople would flock to the family’s bakery in Piqua with their sugar rations. Owner Wayne Winans would take that sugar and turn it into freshly baked cookies—a small pick-me-up at a time when even small pick-me-ups were a luxury. Years later, Wayne’s sons, Max and Dick, carried the family torch into the 1960s, when the first Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees was born.
Today, the Winans family continues to do what it does best at three Ohio locations. All of the business’s chocolates are handmade, with no preservatives or fillers, and never cryogenically frozen. The family’s emphasis on freshness carries over to their coffee, too, which has frequently been named the area's best by the readers of the Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Daily News. The secret is in their roasting process—their small, 15-pound roaster requires them to roast the beans in small batches, which leads to a more consistent product. Once the beans are ready, coffee artisans carefully combine them with other roasts to create a vast assortment of flavors, which includes 11 house coffee blends, 12 flavored coffees, and even more seasonal selections.
The benevolent bakers, sweet-makers, and paddy-cakers at Big Sky Bread Company bake their muffins, pizzas, and American and European breads fresh on the premises daily using Montana whole-wheat flour. Load your tummy-oven with a 13" take-and-bake pizza built with your choice of white or wheat crust, topped with either cheese or pepperoni, and then baked and consumed in the privacy of your own kitchen. Customers can opt to pair their lonely pizza with a trio of knot pretzels prepared by following the orders of a special German recipe. Refusing to be trapped by the whims of evildoing twist ties, Big Sky's knowledgeable chefs also treat tasters to an armada of muffins, breads, and confections as well as a lunch menu.
It's all in the name. From formal tiered wedding cakes to colorful fondant racecars, the bakers at Cakes for All Occasions construct a smattering of sweet creations for special events. Neatly lining pastry cases, cupcakes dress up in whimsical flavor combinations such as chocolate-covered banana, neapolitan, and periwinkle crayon. To round out the confectionary's roster of saccharine edibles, the staff whips up sheet cakes, cookies, and brownies, which are named for their color, like goldfish and macaroni ‘n’ cheese.
At Indian Trails, children, seniors, and adults alike can embark on an 18-hole quest for small-scale golfing glory on one of two lushly landscaped courses. After expressing their preference for a green, purple, or royal-Stewart-plaid ball, golfers can get in some practice putts and throw away swings before choosing their own adventure on either the Braves & Squaws or Chiefs & Princesses course. Winding through naturally sylvan scenery, the paths for each course take golfers across bridged streams, forested paths, and to the base of a watery cascade, where each hole is designed to blend in to the natural terrain in order to swallow feral golf balls unaware.