This week, Detroitisit has rounded up local Detroit businesses (with one in Metro Detroit) where you can give a gift that’ll show people you have good taste…and that you know how to support local businesses in Detroit! This gift guide is dedicated to all those who have a sweet tooth and an even sweeter heart.
You don’t have to be a Detroiter to have heard of Estella’s Vegan Cuisine and Deserts of Chef. The food educator and owner of Estella’s, Chantele Jones, has definitely made a name for herself in the past few years. They have numerous popular lip-smacking bakery treats, but some of their best sellers include vegan pound cakes. The cakes have fruity flavors like lemon, strawberry crunch, and chocolate raspberry (GF options available). the Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins will satisfy lingering fall cravings. Lastly, their Oatmeal Blueberry Bars are a simple yet delicious crowd favorite.
FOR THE LOVE OF SUGAR
You can see and taste the passion of For The Love of Sugar’s cakes. They also have other exciting desserts. Unbox the colorful assortments of their macarons, which include Nutella, fruity pebbles, birthday, and triple berry flavors. The majority of their flavors are gluten-free and we usually have vegan macarons as well! Select 6 or 12 and take home a pretty gold and teal box. You could even slip this in a stocking! Preorder a signature cake for a fancy surprise at your family holiday gatherings. Check out their flavors here. The Matilda cake is their most popular, consisting of light vanilla triple berry! The majority of their flavors are gluten-free and they usually have vegan options for everything as well.
AVALON INTERNATIONAL BREADS
Avalon International Breads bakery offers artisan baked goods made with 100% organic flour in the heart of Detroit (1049 Woodward). Check out their SÜPER STOLLEN. Packed with brandy-soaked dried fruits and nuts, they’re made with 100% organic flour. Avalon’s rolls and stollen loves are a Detroit tradition. Avalon Bakery allows you to savor sweet foods while holding onto a gift that reminds you why you should return to their bakery! Sip on something warm in a Detroit Lover Mug. The ceramic mug also comes with their best-selling sea salt chocolate chip cookies or molasses crinkles. Gift Tin makes great bakery gifts too. Fill it up with your favorite Avalon goodies. Each purchase of a tin donates to Freedom House Detroit.
Located on 23131 Woodward in Ferndale, MI, SugarBuzz Bakery is Metro Detroit’s First All-Vegan Bakery. Got someone on your list with kids or anyone who’s just a kid at heart? Gift a Build Your Own Sugar Cookie Kit (available soon)! SugarBuzz will be selling assorted cookie boxes for Christmas this year. In the meantime, taste for yourself why their Oatmeal Cream Pie is their most popular item. Buttercream and two cookies are all it takes! Give someone’s tastebuds a literal buzz with a Faygo Redpop Velvet Cake. SugarBuzz Bakery confidently sweetens up the holidays!
Ochre Bakery provides fresh, local produce and baked goods inspired by the seasons. It’s pretty much your go-to for those with an adventurous taste. You’ll find intriguing combinations like a Vegan Lemon Pistachio Loaf Cake or a Vegan Coconut Bread. They cater to many crowds. Bring along Espresso Shortbread cookies to the dessert table at your next Christmas gathering. Bagels, breakfast pastries, cakes, cookies, and bread are available from 9 until sold out. It’s pretty difficult to walk away from this bakery empty-handed considering they have a lovely selection of retail and fresh local groceries all day.
Give a slice of sisterhood to a special hardworking woman in your life. Sister Pie is a vibrant corner bakery in Detroit’s West Village on the east side of town. Thanksgiving isn’t the only season to share a pie. Give a slice of sisterhood to a special hardworking woman in your life as the name suggests. Their menu is nontraditional in flavor combinations like Peanut Butter Paprika or a Brandy Pecan Pie. The local agriculture of Michigan lingers throughout each freshly baked pie. Show some love to the messy makers of these scrumptious pies made daily by hand and most often communally.
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