We're a family owned chocolate and pastry shop. Our goal is to continually set and raise the bar for just what people around here are eating for dessert. Chocolate truffles, carrot cake that may be the best you've ever had, layered dessert shooters, macaroons, and those seemingly-ubiquitous cupcakes . . . it's all here!
Named Akron’s Best Coffee Shop by CityVoters, Nervous Dog percolates palates with locally roasted beans, soothing smells, and a small menu irrigated with pastries and tasty sandwiches (sandwiches coming soon—will be available at Stow location only). To prepare for a busy workday filled with consolidating files with a flaming broadsword, grab a small coffee ($1.75), or opt for a more complex tongue massaging with a small latte ($2.95), cappuccino ($2.95), or mocha ($3.55). The various tasty pastries are baked daily, ensuring they’re fresher than a cryogenically frozen bouquet of daisies ($2.35 each, on average). Customers on the run and method actors doing research for a Boo Radley portrayal can stock up on invigorating coffee with a one-pound bag of beans ($12.85).
New York cheesecake with raspberry sauce and chocolate chips? Cake batter with rainbow sprinkles and gummy bears? The choice is up to you at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, where guests create their own premium, fresh desserts using self-serve frozen yogurt machines filled with low and no fat, no sugar added, dairy free and gluten free and decadent supreme flavors. Thanks to the wide variety of rotating flavors and a plentiful toppings bar?think fresh fruits, nuts, and oodles of cookies and candies?the combinations are seemingly endless. And because it's self-serve, guests can fill their cups with as much or as little frozen yogurt as they want, paying by the ounce and sharing with whoever they deem worthy.
The local family-owned locations in Fairlawn, Green, and Stow were named Best Frozen Yogurt by the Akron-Canton HotList in 2013 and 2014, and they maintain Sweet Frog's commitment to community outreach by supporting local organizations and charities.
Deep down, owner Leslie Butler always wanted a job naming nail polish and lipstick shades. But her love of working with people, as well as her great affection for cake, led her to instead apply her naming skills to more than 100 cupcake flavors at The Lofty Cafe. Monikers like “The Devil Wears Raspberry” might need a bit of elaboration (chocolate cupcake with raspberry filling, topped with chocolate frosting and a raspberry candy speckled with brimstone), but others are deliciously self-explanatory: vanilla chai spice, maple bacon, and Boston cream. Many flavors are themed by season or occasion. A daily menu determines a few flavors that will be at hand, but customers can score any flavor if they order ahead.
Though it’s hard to imagine so many flavors fitting in Butler’s kitchen, that’s exactly where Butler and her daughter began their business. Unsurprisingly, they eventually expanded their space to offer a dining room and a full kitchen to suit their baking needs. Now they have the capacity to create many cupcake flavors that can be filled or topped with an array of sweets.
Without any formal culinary training, Christina Hoehn started tinkering with cake balls for a baking competition at her workplace. Following her co-worker’s unanimous approval of her german-chocolate, peanut-butter, and red-velvet spheres, Christina decided to take a risk and create Cake Kisses. Working from a pallet of fruity and decadent flavors, her cake balls and cake pops earn rave reviews for their moist center and detailed designs. Christina decorates ornate scenes, such as a phalanx of cake balls in the shape of tiny birds, smiling pandas, or football helmets. Christina also works one-on-one with brides to create special cake-lings for weddings, building tiny treats that can replace the wedding cake or sub-in for ping-pong balls.
If you have trouble deciding among flavors, it would be wise to visit Main Street Cupcakes sooner rather than later: their cupcake list is more than 350 strong, and getting longer all the time. Luckily, only a dozen or two of those inventive varieties grace the bakery case each day, condensing the choices to include their four classics?red velvet, wedding day white, classic vanilla, and classic chocolate?plus a smattering of unique flavors that might include champagne and raspberries, gingerbread latte, or salted watermelon. For those who can?t get enough of these sweet creations, cupcake towers let you bring home a mountain of sugary bliss, and in-store parties let you decorate cupcakes with your favorite toppings or the name of your least favorite dentist.