David Stark, owner of the Bake Shoppe, picked up the art of baking at age 14, learning tricks of the trade at his uncle's bakery, Barbara's Bake Shop, in the mid-'60s. He now takes those lessons, proudly baking his goodies "the old-fashioned way," making red-velvet and creme de menth cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and moist banana bread from scratch, the way his uncle made them. The star of this bakestravaganza, however, is the champagne cake, which skyrocketed his uncle's bakery into becoming the largest retail bakery in Des Moines. He expertly transforms the family-secret recipe into eye-dazzling custom cakes, which are more like works of art than human sustenance, decked in fondant ribbons and flowers fit for the Queen of England's Afternoon of Scheduled Merriment.
After Vernon Rudolph acquired a closely guarded donut recipe from a New Orleans pastry chef, he couldn't keep the secret to himself. He opened up shop in 1937 to share the yeast-raised delectables with the world, thus marking the birth of Krispy Kreme.
Today, step into any Krispy Kreme shop and you can see the donuts progress on their journey from formless dough to circular confection. The entire process plays out through plate glass windows: the raw dough is shaped into disks, the disks rise in a heated oven, the plumped donuts then drop into the fryer where a conveyor belt speeds them along their journey. After cooling on the belt, the original donuts pass through a ribbon of glaze. Like a donut-shaped bat signal, a neon sign lights up the sky to announce the emergence of fresh, hot Krispy Kremes.
At Starbucks in Clive, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold.
Break out of your routine and head to Starbucks for low-fat and healthy fare.
For comfortable outdoor service, Starbucks sets up a seasonal patio.
For no extra charge, utilize Starbucks' free wifi.
At Starbucks, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
Starbucks offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Prices at Starbucks are a bargain (usually less than $15 for a meal), so you'll have plenty of cash left over to treat a friend (or two).
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Starbucks.
If you have a busy day ahead of you, grab a coffee from Starbucks and stay energized all day long.
From the colorful checkered walls to the menu of hearty comfort food, the owners at Cozy Cafe strive to create a nostalgia-tinged dining experience. The vast menu is marked by the restaurant's specialty—Helen and Pat's cavatelli—as well as homemade entrees, including blue-plate specials of meatloaf, hot roast beef, or chicken and noodles, all served with homemade mashed potatoes and green beans. Staff serve up Friedrichs coffee drinks, and for breakfast, which is served all day, chefs flip the traditional array of omelets and pancakes and offer homemade cinnamon rolls as well as homemade biscuits and gravy.
Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at Caribou Coffee will perk you right up.
Caribou Coffee works to create healthy meals with flavorful twists.
The patio seating at Caribou Coffee is perfect for those warm summer days.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Caribou Coffee.
Caribou Coffee is surrounded by endless parking options.
Caribou Coffee offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Caribou Coffee serves up all three meals.
Caribou Coffee serves up freshly brewed coffee, so make your way over and enjoy a good cup of Joe.
Hungry stomachs find their solution at Bruegger's, a delicious bagel spot with something for everyone.
At Bruegger's, you can enjoy healthy and flavorful menu items.
Bruegger's' dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Bruegger's offers catering.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Whether you're craving a bagel sandwich or a simple spread, make sure to pick up your next baker's dozen at Bruegger's.