The friendly staff at Kane's has dedicated 56 years to forging circular sweets out of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, drawing the attention of reputable magazines such as Bon Appétit and Travel + Leisure. Sink straws into donuts filled with black-raspberry jelly, apples, and blueberries, or grab Os dipped in a honey glaze to make fingers sticky enough to snatch falling napkins or letters from local wind tunnels ($1.50 each, $12.50/dozen). Guests can also fill empty stomach space with donuts decked with powdered sugar, coconut, or cinnamon. A gourmet cup of Sumatran coffee unleashes its spicy, earthy aromas to raise tired eyelids, and freshly baked muffins alight upon palates with the velveteen touch of a kitten juggler wearing silk gloves ($2.25 each, $12.50/half dozen).
Those who craft edible masterpieces find what they need at The Cake World. Part shop, part school, it outfits bakers of all experience levels with the stuff and skills they need to create towering, edible sculptures from Satin Ice fondant and gumpaste using special tips, cutters, veiners, modeling tools, and more. Rows of edible embellishments crowd shelves, shiny cookie cutters dangle from hooks, and stacks of diverse cake molds invite bakers to expand their imaginations. In the spacious cake-making studio, hands-on classes cover specific decoration topics, special guest artists lead themed workshops, and kids learn how to decorate cupcakes and cakes during birthday parties.
Patrons at Zinga! Frozen Yogurt fill up their cups with any of the 12 different probiotic-rich frozen yogurt flavors on rotation, which have included sea-salt caramel pretzel, pomegranate energy, and new york cheesecake. Sold by weight, more than 50 total non-fat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added flavors pair up with self-serve toppings such as cookie dough, hot fudge, and fresh-cut fruit.
Sweet Spot Bakery?s skilled confectioners source top-quality ingredients, including real vanilla and heavy cream, to sift, whip, and bake batters into cupcakes, cakes, and cookies fresh daily. The rotating menu spotlights such dishes as Boston-Globe mentioned chicken pies and treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries or French macaroons and holiday themed cupcakes. Fresh apples plot new strategies for keeping the doctor away inside turnovers and dumplings, and buttercream frosting crowns chocolate and white cupcakes with regal dollops of silky sweetness. Full-size cakes can titillate the sweet teeth of 4?75 people and are available in flavors such as lemon raspberry and carrot, or gourmet varieties such as fudgy parrot and caramel mousse. With 24 hours? advance notice, bakers can design custom creations to match any event?s theme or a party planner?s spirit animal. Most cakes and cupcakes are available in gluten free.
The charming window displays of Sweet Thoughts draw customers into the cozy gift shop, which stocks a wide variety of items, from housewares to chocolates. Stock up on jars of handmade French mustards, pasta and pesto from Tuscany, pickled beets from a New Hampshire farm, or smoked sea salt from the coast of Maine, or mix and match items into a gourmet gift basket. The store is an ideal stop before a housewarming party, since visitors will find wines, serving accessories, glassware, home-grown art, craft beer, and gourmet gifts.
Mildred's Corner Cafe welcomes regulars and new customers alike into a world of quaint Americana, piping-hot pots of coffee, and hearty feasts of homestyle breakfast food. The café’s decor charms first-time visitors with its chrome-lined barstools, chessboard floor, and walls covered in photographs of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and other 1940s glamour girls. A cozy seating arrangement invites guests to settle in at a table or share laughs with old buddies and newfound friends at the diner counter. After ordering from the menu of classic dishes and innovative specials, diners dig their forks into pumpkin-infused pancakes, huevos rancheros, or southwest eggs benedict, which seats poached eggs and grilled chorizo atop a bed of crispy home fries sauteed with cactus. The beverage menu boasts 25 different flavors of loose-leaf tea and 16-ounce mugs of fresh coffee.
After their meal, patrons can stroll next door to the Old Soul Gift Shop, which memorializes visits with gifts such as vintage knickknacks and kitchenware. And true to its old-fashioned ambiance, Mildred's only accepts payment in the form of cash or barbershop-quartet routines.