Grandma's Cookies’ bakers craft succulent cookies and cupcakes using time-tested recipes originated more than 30 years ago by grandmotherly founder Charlotte Thompson. Dough disks abound in traditional flavors such as chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, or oatmeal raisin or, depending on the season, sugar sprinkle or ginger spice ($0.60 each). Order a cookie a la mode to pair a lucky sugar circle with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, or stock up with a dozen cookies ($6) before attempting for barter with fur traders. Grandma's shrink-rayed cakes come in a triad of mouthwatering, seasonally rotating flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry ($0.95/each, $9.50/dozen). Glasses of freshly brewed iced tea and lemonade wash down sweet treats or fill the moat around a freshly constructed cupcake castle.
Included on Bon Appétit’s 2010 list of the top 10 best donut shops in the United States, The Donut Stop has been serving up glazed, cake, and custard-filled rounds since 1953. A large red stop sign urges passersby to pop in at the white, standalone shop for a raspberry jelly donut, maple-iced long john, or a cinnamon glob, a massive ball of cinnamon-swirled dough dipped in glaze. For birthdays, The Donut Stop offers cake-sized donuts that can reflect your actual age or the age when you discovered that Santa Claus only eats oatmeal raisin cookies.
Established in 1902, Valenti's Bakery & Deli has been luring curious noses into its aromatic shop with baking breads and italian pastries for more than a century. Bakers slice up their signature italian and hearth breads each day before delivering loaves to numerous local restaurants. Display cases showcase colorful cakes, ricotta and cream cannolis, and assorted fruit and cheese stollens, and custom cakes showcase iced messages, flowery designs, or detailed furniture-assembly instructions. A full-service deli appeases appetites with hot sandwiches, holiday hams, and salsiccia sausages.
Frustrated by bakeries that lacked imagination, Laulie Cakes' namesake Laura began steadfastly whipping up custom confections in her home kitchen before moving into the business's first storefront in 2011. Each day of the week, Laura artfully bakes batches of traditional and specialty cupcakes and helps party hosts to plot out their soiree's sweets. The shops cake artists work with event planners of weddings and birthdays, embellishing cakes in the flavors and design of the customer's choice, whether it be a dulce-de-leche cake adorned in lovely swirls of realistic flowers or a coconut cake topped in fondant figurines of a bride and her ostrich groom. Cupcake vase centerpieces and other elaborate confections are freshly baked each day, often with help from Laura's young daughters, who share their mother's passion for great-tasting icing.
Yogoluv chills the taste buds of yogurt aficionados with milk-extracted frozen treats in an assortment of palate-pleasing persuasions. Loaded with a herd of essential nutrients, including protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin B12, and riboflavin, the frozen yogurt ($0.40 per oz.) also contains live and active cultures. All 16 flavors, including mango, red velvet cake, pomegranate raspberry tart, and pecan praline, are kosher and have a third of the calories of their respective ice-cream counterparts, inspiring barely contained envy at beachside dessert conventions. Patrons can serve themselves cups of the probiotic concoction and let it help boost their immune systems, prevent digestive-tract infections, overcome lactose intolerance, and defeat antibiotic-fueled self-doubt.