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In addition to their familial relation, Jo-Ann Morlando and her daughter Dominica Clementi share a passion for baking. Both women learned to bake as children, inspired by the old-world family recipes passed down through generations by their nonas, or grandmothers. And yet both saw baking as just a hobby—until, under the pressure of constant requests for treats from friends, they decided to open their own bakery. In 2004, Nona's Sweets was born. By 2012, it had been named a Talk of the Town for three straight years, a feat few 8-year-olds—Benjamin Button excepted—have accomplished.
Amid the intimate earth-toned interiors and old photographs that line the walls of Nona's Sweets float the aromas of cafe dishes such as grilled paninis, breakfast sandwiches, and quiche. And yet the main attractions are still Jo-Ann and Dominica's whimsical desserts: the shop displays "shelves of intricate cakes––in the shapes of teakettles and wooden ships, among others," according to the Charlotte Observer. The mother-daughter team crafts these layered desserts with more than a dozen fillings and icings. They also conjure classic Italian sweets and pastries such as tiramisu, sfogliatelle, and cannoli. Their desserts frequently make appearances outside the shop, having featured in events such as the wedding of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis and as the football in a dream of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.
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