As a child, Linda Hundt loved her Easy-Bake Oven. Using the recipes she learned from her elders, Linda often baked cookies with her twin sister, Laura. But instead of hoarding her treats forever, she founded Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe in 2002 and began sharing them with hungry clientele at farmers’ markets and high-end restaurants.
Now stationed in a vintage brick building in DeWitt, Linda and her team—all clad in vintage aprons and pearls—create retro, housemade baked goods that are free of preservatives. She continues baking cookies and innovatively flavored cupcakes and muffins, but the core of her business is pie. Flavors such as cherry rhubarb, banana cream, and cherry blackberry peach have even garnered the bakery numerous awards over several years.
The cherry-red Diners, Drive-ins and Dives convertible idles beside a giant rooster statue in the Gizzard City parking lot. Inside the diner, Food Network's Guy Fieri stands over a deep fryer, a full burger battered in his gloved hand. With a sizzle and a grin, Guy drops the entire creation into scalding oil, yielding Joe's Gizzard City's newest creation, the Triple D burger. After spending years battering chicken in his grandmother's secret blend of ingredients, co-owner Joe Bristol Jr. decided to experiment with the hot oil, and now deep fries hot dogs, Oreos, and even whole burgers. But the eatery isn?t called Gizzard City for nothing. Pressure cooked in garlic and celery powder until tender, Joe's namesake chicken gizzards arrive to tables cloaked in Cajun spices or crowded into the cheese-filled confines of an omelet.
Hesitant diners begin to sample gizzards, cautiously at first, but then letting forth happy sighs that reverberate off neon beer signs, a projection TV, and a weathered wooden bar. The staff operates on the same irreverent attitude that led them to deep-fry a Twinkie, joking with one another and playfully asking guests to help with the dishes. Booths the deep red hue of a lobster with lost cue cards cradle lingering patrons who chat with Joe Jr. about his numerous Tennessee Country Music Association awards.
Purses surround customers at The Purse Rack, with bags from designers such as Dooney & Bourke and Coach adding splashes of color to the crisp white walls. Ranging in size from fashionable wristlets to suitcases big enough to stash a compulsive purse collection, the bags also pair well with a pair of the shop’s designer sunglasses or a piece of their custom-made jewelry.
The certified technicians at USA Insulation of Lansing plug up energy leaks in a wide range of home materials, explaining every step of the process to clients before they set to work. During an initial consultation, the techs thoroughly inspect homes to equip dwellings with the most effective insulation, effectively quashing drafts in wood and steel stud walls, brick and veneer masonry, stucco, and more. Using USA premium foam to layer walls and air-sealing techniques to eliminate hidden leaks, the team helps homeowners to save money on energy bills, reduce environmental damage, and increase property value better than wallpapering the living room with quarters.