As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
in 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shop, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shop got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
A row of gleaming handles awaits customers at 32 Degrees, with each serving station unleashing a unique flavor of frozen yogurt tasty enough to warrant press mentions from the Birmingham News and Oxford Sun. Guests peruse the frosty options, serving themselves swirls of nonfat treats such as orchard peach or no-sugar-added Tahitian vanilla. The meltable technicolor mountains can be topped with more than 50 options, including roasted almonds, fresh seasonal fruit, candies, cereals, and pieces of used gift cards. Flavors rotate frequently, allowing repeat customers to gradually work their way through more than 40 flavor possibilities.
Voted Best Barbecue in the Tennessee Valley by CityVoter, LawLers Barbecue Express 5 dishes up sweet-and-tangy delights at boot-scootin' speeds while the affable staff doles out a hearty side of laughter. LawLers’ signature hickory-smoked-pork plate rewards patient taste buds with its precisely cooked meat, plus a slice of bread and choice of two enticing sides, including barbecue beans and corn on the cob ($6.77). Carnivores needing a nourishing meal before they chop wood with their bare forehead can wolf down the half-slab rib plate ($10.97), which heeds the accompaniment of a Stuffie potato that brims with butter, sour cream, cheese, and a tasty choice of pork, beef, ham, or, turkey ($6.47 for one meat).
Peggy Ann Bakery's experienced pastry Picassos have forged imaginative confectionery masterpieces from a palette of fresh ingredients since 1953. Pocket-sized petits fours ($1.05 each for small; $11.50/dozen) and cupcakes ($0.95 each, $10.15/dozen) make an ideal treat for upscale kids' birthday parties or smuggling teeny tiny files into a prison for hamsters. Order a 6" two-layered white ($14.99) or chocolate ($15.99) cake to add classically tasteful chic to a celebration. Or solicit the sweet-toothed artisans to customize a sheet cake ($20.99+) with any provided image or design, such as a wedding napkin crest or a photo of your favorite Millard Fillmore impersonator ($10+). Dessert bounty hunters will find themselves hurdling past trays of soft chocolate-chip cookies ($0.75 each; $8.25/dozen) to catch mischievous gingerbread men ($1.10 each), and iced butterfly cookies ($1.05 each) and flaky elephant ears ($3.50 each) may be devoured in the open without fear of zookeeper reprimand.
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 13 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.
Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
The bakers at Atlanta Bread Company's many locations are up early every morning (or especially late every night) preparing the locally owned and operated company's signature styles of bread, pastries, muffins, and bagels. These range from the traditional to the flavored?such as asiago focaccia and cinnamon-raisin loaf. In the caf? section, these breads form the base of an array of signature lunch and breakfast sandwiches, as well as pastries including chocolate croissants and pecan sticky rolls. For accompaniment, the kitchen also prepares salads and soups, and gourmet coffee and lattes help warm stomachs.