At Occasionally Cake, pastry chefs Sabrina Campbell and Marcia Crandall get pretty bold with their cupcake flavors. So it may not come as a surprise that one of their bestsellers is called Everything But The Kitchen Sink. There's a lot going on with this vanilla cupcake—it's filled with peanut butter, chocolate, and butterscotch chips, dipped in caramel, iced with peanut butter frosting, and topped off with Heath bits. Other cupcakes, meanwhile, range from the Fuzzy Navel—an orange cake with peach buttercream—to the Grasshopper, a chocolate truffle cake crowned with mint-Oreo buttercream and capable of leaping several feet if startled. Sabrina and Marcia also craft cakes for special occasions such as weddings and birthday parties.
Rick’s Wine and Gourmet is a locally owned neighborhood shop stocked with fine cheeses, charcuterie, olive oils, pastas, and more. Though this Groupon can only be used toward gourmet foods, shoppers can still grab Zen Wine cookies ($7.99), an all-natural snack specially crafted to pair with certain wines. The Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine blueberry jam ($6.99) allows breakfast eaters to brighten boring pieces of wheat toast without having to burn the Treaty of Versailles into them. Rick’s also stocks more than 50 artisanal cheeses, such as sharp Maytag Blue cheese ($14.99), an ideal complement for snacking on porchetta Italian herb-roasted pork loin ($19.99 per pound).
In a sunny salon space adorned with stippled clouds and painted vines, Hair Cafe's image experts transform tresses and pamper skin and nails with a slate of beautifying services. Settle into the stylist's chair for a haircut as scissors skillfully maneuver their way through split ends, shapeless styles, and friendship bracelets from summers at salon camp, leaving hair glamorous and gleaming ($25 for men, $35+ for women). Full-color ($95+) and highlight services ($55 for partial, $95+ for full) give locks a vibrant new hue for a more thorough remodeling, and Japanese straightening permanently collapses curls for a full head of shiny, stick-straight strands ($150+). Clients can also illuminate dull digits with a manicure ($20) and a pedicure ($35), or prune over-eye topiaries with an eyebrow wax artful enough to invoke envy in passing Muppets ($15).