For more than 50 years, the sweet-treat crafters of The Baking Grounds Bakery Cafe have been churning out customized confectionaries in an old-fashioned, family-run boutique bakery. Dining duos can peruse the made-from-scratch lunch menu items before yodeling out orders, such as ham, turkey, or chicken-salad sandwiches. Bowls of homemade soup and sides of chips chime salty notes against epiglottises as a freshly baked cookie polishes off the meal with a sweet treat.
The bakers of The Baking Grounds whip together freshly crafted cakes for any special occasion, from weddings and anniversaries to graduations from light-pole-climbing school. After discussing designs with a friendly cake constructor, batter bases will be poured from chosen flavors, such as marble, lemon pound, or chocolate-almond pound, which can be encased around cake filling, such as apricot or cannoli. A fondant-free layer of buttercream icing crowns the confectionary masterpiece with delicious icing flavors and skillfully applied swirls and flower cake designs to fill cheek caves.
Planet Smoothie actually does cover a significant portion of the planet, with locations all over the east coast and as far west as Hawaii. In their expansive geographical quest, they seek to change dieting habits for the better with their products. The team behind this fruit haven lays down exactly what their smoothies are made from and what they will do for your body so that clients can make informed decisions about their smoothie choices.
Their full menu catalogs fruit-filled drinks, with options to add protein powder for faster muscle growth than when Arnold Schwarzenegger synchronized his bicep flexing to a hip-hop beat. They also mix in fat-burning blasts to suppress appetites and immune-system blasts to keep bodies healthy. The shop accommodates clients? food allergies and dietary restrictions with gluten-free and dairy-free options. In addition, they only use natural, low-calorie sweeteners composed of agave and stevia to offer a healthy alternative to chemical sweeteners while avoiding the excess calories associated with traditional sugar.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fresh Mozzarella
Pro Tip: Call in advance, we do not have all of the product available every day!
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are the only business in the Greater Atlanta area that produces fresh mozzarella and Italian-style stretched cheeses, such as burrata and scamorza.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We decided on a mozzarella business, as we could not find any good mozzarella in or around Atlanta. So, first was the need. Second, I grew up in the Campania region of Italy and my next door neighbor had a buffalo mozzaralla farm. This reminds me of all the beautiful things of my childhood and the smell of my mom's kitchen.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our fresh mozzarella is all natural [and contains] no artificial ingredients or preservatives. And it is vegetarian, because it is made with a vegetable rennet (cheese starter).
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
We have customers that buy from us every week of the year, and I think this is the best reaction you can expect.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing the happy and surprised face of the customers when they first try our cheese.
Alcove's menu offers homemade baked goods such as biscotti, muffins, scones, cookies, and cakes, as well as more-savory options. Try a signature sandwich such as a prosciutto and goat-cheese panini with red peppers on ciabatta ($6.95), a chicken-salad sandwich on multigrain ($7.25), an albacore-tuna sandwich ($7.25), or a fresh mozzarella, sundried tomato, and pesto panini on focaccia ($6.25). Alcove also offers soup ($3.25–$4.25), salads ($4.95–$6.95), and snacks such as the hummus plate ($6.95) or the cheese plate ($7.95), served with fruit, nuts, and breads. There are also many healthy and vegan options on the menu. You may purchase an unlimited number of Groupons, and there's no limit to the number of Groupons used per order.
October 4, 1957, wasn't just the start of Rebecca Pickren Thomson's life; it was also the day that Sputnik I was launched into space. Since that day, the two have been intertwined, with Rebecca collecting any Sputnik paraphernalia she could find. So it's no wonder that when she opened her frozen yogurt shop, she chose to name it and design it after her pet obsession. At Sputnik's Yogurt, her collection of Sputnik mugs, models, and posters create a retro yet futuristic '50s vibe for clients creating their own custom frozen yogurt treats.
While the flavors of frozen yogurt change daily, the store always features a range of sweet and tart yogurt and non-dairy sorbet options, such as the tart California lemon to the chocolatey candy bar smash. Customers can outfit their chosen fro-yo with more than 40 toppings, which includes healthy options such as nuts and fruit, as well as more decadent candy, hot fudge, and marshmallow topping.
Ebonie Hughes has had an affinity for baking since she was a child, making cakes in her Easy Bake Oven and longing to help make cakes at her mother's bakery. After years of honing her talent decorating and baking cakes?even doing it to earn extra income while in college, instead of selling lesson plans to unprepared teachers like the other students?she decided to open her own business, Scrumptious Cakery.
Using recipes perfected over generations, Ebonie creates cakes in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, key lime, and classic butter swirled with chocolate. She then swirls buttercream-cream-based icings on top of the sweets. Her classic butter cake with vanilla buttercream icing is the cakery's most popular pick.