- $14 for one dozen gourmet cookies or eight gourmet cupcakes ($25 value)
Donna B's Gourmet Cookies & Cakes
Donna B's began humbly enough, with the eponymous founder selling her beloved cookie dough to coworkers and transporting it to them in coolers she put in the trunk of her 1978 Monte Carlo sedan. Today she's appeared on magazine covers and expanded, not only into a brick-and-mortar store, but also into an online company whose customized treats are shipped across the U.S.
Patrons can pick up the same cookie dough that launched Donna B's career; however, it's now available in 19 flavors. They can grab cookies baked to order, too, eschewing their kitchens and the cabinets full of mysterious rattling noises. Donna B's larger-scale treats include customized wedding cakes and cupcake towers, but customers can get single gourmet cupcakes in the store. Flavors run the gamut from red velvet to chocolate truffle raspberry to maraschino cherry.
Even with all of her successes, Donna has remained humble and even is an active fundraiser for local and national charities in support of disadvantaged women and children.