Some of the Valentines Day treats at La Galette. Few days of the year offer a better excuse to gorge on cookies, chocolate, cake, chocolate, chocolate-covered strawberries and, of course chocolate than Valentines Day.
Several local bakeries are in full-on Valentines Day alert, and many say they will still have plenty of stock through the day Friday for last-minute treat buyers.
La Galette, 1017 W. Douglas, 316-267-8541: The French bakery and restaurant is going Valentines Day crazy this year, said owner Michelle Abdayem. The display cases are overflowing with decorated heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped cheesecakes, three different kinds of chocolate-dipped strawberries and delicate French macarons in a pastel rainbow of colors. Customers also can get a sampling of the treats in a pretty box for $14.99. La Galette will open early on Friday at 8 a.m. and will remain open until all the sweetness is sold.
J. Raes Bakery, 2357 N. Maize Road, 316-721-0090: This New Market Square bakery also is selling Valentines Day treats and will be fully stocked through Friday, selling 10-12 flavors of cupcakes, decorated cookies, cake balls, chocolate-covered strawberries and more. The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cravings Gluten Free Bakery, 3700 E. Douglas, 316-239-9853: You can treat your gluten-free Valentine, too, thanks to Cravings Gluten Free Bakery in Clifton Square. The bakery will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and will be serving heart-shaped cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cake balls.
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