Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
In Sweet Piece Dessert's bustling kitchen, pastry-bag points dispense tufts of frosting that rest atop cakes shrouded in fondant or swirls of buttercream. Custom cakes match the color schemes and themes of their surroundings at weddings and birthdays, and character cupcakes resemble favorite kids entertainers, such as Hello Kitty and Henry Kissinger. Confectioners also daub apples and pretzels with layers of chocolate drizzle, peanut butter, cashews, and roasted macaroon coconut, and dip strawberries in rich candy coatings.
At W.D.'s Gumbo Café, wax paper lines red baskets that bear gifts of Cajun chicken sandwiches and sweetwater cornbread, while open-mic crooners serenade parties as they enjoy Southern fare. The tempting menu is a showcase of colorful New Orleans culture, with feasts of chicken and sausage gumbo in a savory brown roux, complimented by more squares of sweetwater cornbread. While health-conscious diners opt for a selection of raw juices or healthy smoothies.
Just a free weight’s throw away from Lifestyle Fitness Gold, health enthusiasts and exercisers fortify their physiques at Lifestyle Café Juice Bar, where staffers juice fresh fruits, veggies, flax seed, and wheatgrass. Meanwhile, organic juices and fruits compose blended smoothies for light meals and refreshing treats.