Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A perfect day for math geeks, Einstein lovers, and admirers of pie.
Thursday, March 14 is International Pi Day, a celebration of the Greek letter that is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter -- aka 3.141592653. It is celebrated on that day because the digits in the date correspond with the first three digits of pi. March 14 also is Albert Einstein’s birthday. Because Einstein lived in Princeton, NJ for over twenty years when he worked at the Institute for Advanced Study, the town hosts Pi Day events such as pie eating contests, an Einstein look-alike contest and this year, an international video contest. Find out more on the Princeton Pi Day Facebook page. Closer to home, Able Baker is currently offering Pi Day cookies decorated like slices of pie (see photo). On …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Maplewood bakery bakes cookies in honor of author's birthday.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages children to celebrate reading. This year, it will be held on Friday, March 1, the day before the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Over at The Able Baker in Maplewood, baker Maddie Weltchek was busy decorating whimsical, striped Cat in the Hat cookies in preparation for Friday. Check out Patch's video, and wish Dr. Seuss an early happy birthday.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Local bakeries still have plenty of holiday-themed goodies for procrastinators.
Still haven't figured out dessert for tonight? There are still a few hours left to score some tasty treats for Valentine's Day. Cupcake Corral (410 Ridgewood Road) has gorgeous cupcakes, including Red Velvet w/black currant buttercream. They are open today until 5 p.m. Able Baker (187 Maplewood Avenue) has a selection of iced cookies including the famed Julie-O's, heartshaped and filled with hot pink cream; linzer cookies, heart shaped chocolate shortbread and more -- plus chocolate ganache cakes and a selection of cupcakes. They are open until 6 p.m. Don't forget about Gigi's Cupcakes and Edo's Quality Cakes, both on Springfield Avenue. Happy heart day!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Local businesses are sometimes affected by their customers' New Year's resolutions -- but it's usually just temporary.
January is the time when people resolve to change their unhealthy habits and turn over a new leaf. Often, New Year's resolutions revolve around health and fitness. Some Maplewood businesses, such as gyms, fitness centers, and health food stores, report a definite uptick in business this month. "January is always the most popular time of year as customers make New Year’s resolutions to get in shape and lead a healthier lifestyle," said Maria Calado, owner of Pro Elite Nutrition on Springfield Avenue. "We typically see an increase in weight loss supplements, protein powder and multivitamins sales. In addition to that people are looking for cleansing supplements and also natural stress and sleep aids." Some gyms gain new customers and see …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Great ideas for truly last minute shoppers.
It is truly down to the wire now, with only five days left until Christmas. Have no fear, Maplewood Patch comes to the rescue with Part 2 of easy, local gift ideas for the people still on your list. (See Part 1 here.) Find everything from stocking stuffers for kids to gift certificates for the pet lover, knitter or movie buff in your life. Be sure to note where there are special deals exclusively for Patch readers. Holiday Special For Wellness Coaching Risa Olinsky, M.A. Certified Wellcoach is offering a Wellness Coaching Package of 3 hours, $297 (phone coaching offered continentally or in person in Maplewood, NJ), purchased by January 1, 2013. Gift certificates prepared for pick-up in Maplewood in time for Christmas. Email Risa@…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Spooky baked goods, creepy candy jars and freaky photos around town. Share your pics with Patch.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Halloween is exactly three weeks away. Local businesses around town are displaying holiday decor and merchandise; some festive, some edible, and some downright spooky. Cupcake Corral has mummy cupcakes; Olive & Lizzy has a spooky purple glitter skull; No. 165 boasts a ghostly candy jar contest (guess how many and win a prize). Perch has a charming George Eliot quote in its window about "delicious autumn" But look more closely, and you will spy some of the creepiest old family portraits you've ever laid eyes on. Walk slowly past them, and be prepared for a fright. (Warning: small children and easily haunted grownups might want to cover their eyes). But perhaps the scariest thing of all is what can currently be found at Kings: on a shelf …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Hard to believe, but the bakery on Maplewood Avenue turns one on Monday.
When Able Baker opened its doors on Oct. 1, 2011, wife-and-husband owners Julie and Thomas Pauly weren't quite sure what to expect. Though Julie had been running a web-based baking business for a couple of years after making the switch from a long-time career in retail, she had never owned her own place. On that first day, "we sold out of everything in one and a half hours," she said. Since then, the bakery has continued to attract a large and dedicated customer base, becoming a popular addition to the Village. The combination of freshly made, high quality scones, cookies, brownies and cakes -- plus the place's cheerful, welcoming vibe made it a hit from the beginning. "Plus there was a little luck involved," she said. The La Colombe …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A sleepover for stuffed animals, cake decorating for kids, and tonight, an Artist Reception.
Maplewood Memorial Library has been busy this week. The library hosted a Stuffed Animal Sleepover for children and their stuffed animals on Monday. On Tuesday, Able Baker Julie Pauly taught 30 children the art of cupcake decorating. Tonight, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. the library will host a Summer Art and Music reception in conjunction with its July and August exhibits of two Maplewood artists: sculptor B. John Kaufman, creator of the annual July 4th townwide art project, and acclaimed fine arts photographer Joy Yagid. Columbia High School student Rueben Morris will play the harp, and both artists will discuss their work. "I'm very happy to have my work up in my local library," said Yagid. "Maplewood's libraries are a great asset to the town …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Waldo was hiding in plain sight at Able Baker.
Two local children found Waldo hiding out at Able Baker just as [words] Bookstore Event Coordinator Sara Nevius -- who is managing the Where's Waldo month-long event -- strolled in for an iced coffee yesterday afternoon. Lucas (9) and Celeste (6) Intagliata spied the little guy idling near the espresso machine, and promptly turned him in for an "I Found Waldo at____" card. According to their mother, this is the tenth Waldo the siblings have collected. "They've been having a good time looking for him," she said. There is still time to go Waldo hunting at twenty Maplewood businesses (see the complete list here), before the grand prize celebration on Tuesday, July 31 at 4 p.m. at [words]. Collect eight cards, and claim your Waldo button at…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Able Baker's best dogs in town
Get your hot dogs here! They're served all the way with a shimmer of sugary relish at The Able Baker. Yes, these hot dogs are cookies, just in time for Fourth of July cookouts.