Since 1980, the confection artisans at Cake and Candy Center have crafted customized wedding cakes and blended ingredients into savory cookies, cupcakes, and truffles. The sugar-savvy staff works closely with patrons to design wholly original cakes to fit any occasion, from cakes commemorating a child's graduation from kindergarten to cakes celebrating a successfully erected backyard igloo. Cake and Candy Center's truffles, a European confection forged with chocolate and heavy cream, are made to resemble black-truffle mushrooms, and other imaginative saccharine creations take form in fully customizable cookies, cupcakes, and strawberries, fresh from dips under chocolate waterfalls. Burgeoning bakers can gather supplies in the shop, including ingredients, icings, baking cups, and cake pans.
Coffee-shop owner, barista, and coffee consultant Tony DiCorpo and his fellow bean specialists brew tantalizing coffee at Troubadour Coffee Roasters using fresh coffee beans imported directly from farms and cooperatives. They roast the beans on-site and make each mocha, espresso, and cappuccino to order. The team also acquaints curious coffee sippers with the art of crafting brews during hands-on tastings in the coffee roastery's full espresso bar. Geared toward everyone from home enthusiasts to professional baristas and coffee-shop owners, participants taste gourmet coffee samples as hosts explain their characteristics, such as their origin and flavor.
If the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop looks a bit old-fashioned, that's because it is. The building was built in 1875 as a showroom for flour milled by the adjacent waterfalls. But somewhere along the way, it also began selling popcorn, and in the 1940s, the store transformed into a popcorn shop. Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop sells crispy popcorn in fun flavors such as Double Cheese, Kettle Corn, and Caramel Corn, as well as cranberry-flavored Chrissy Corn, proceeds from which go to benefit the cancer charity The Gathering Place. The shop can even bring its popcorn on the road, setting up stands at local festivals and special events to pop it fresh. In addition to its namesake snack, Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop also serves organic, fair-trade, locally roasted Dewey's coffee, along with Euclid Beach Custard and ice cream. Its ice-cream fans are known as Conelickers, and the shop also counts President George W. Bush as an admirer; who bought a tin while campaigning in 2004.
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.
Tiffany Poindexter, the sugar maven behind Bake Up, employs fine ingredients and generations-old recipes to craft mouthwatering sweet treats. A lifelong baker taught in the kitchens of her mother and grandmother, Poindexter mixes up tasty batters with luxurious, quality components including real Madagascar vanilla beans, sweet cream, and jewel-encrusted measuring cups. Groupon users can choose up to two flavors to complete their one-dozen cookies, brownies, or cupcakes. Spoil sweet teeth with one-dozen classic cookies, available in such flavors as white-chocolate cherry, oatmeal walnut, and time-honored chocolate chip. Or, patrons can opt for 12 toothsome brownies in taste-bud-tickling incarnations that include caramel, espresso, and mint chocolate.
Bat-A-Rama's seven batting cages, which spit out softballs or baseballs, are designed to let the hitter pick the speed and height of the pitches based on skill level. Each $1 token forces the machines to throw 15 pitches, providing ample opportunity to practice swinging for the fences, hitting behind a runner, or catching moving balls in plastic grocery bags. Three of the seven cages spew both hardball and slow softball pitches, and one speedily whips out softballs sans arc. Though not included in this Groupon, Bat-A-Rama makes old-fashioned ice cream on-site.