Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Customize a cupcake at Sweet! in St. Pete; Beach Drive going to the dogs

ST. PETERSBURG

Shop lets cupcake lovers customize

Instead of creating a fictional cupcake on one of those popular apps that lets you pick from an array of cake flavors, icings and toppings, customers can try doing it for real at a new shop called Sweet! at 1100 Fourth St. N. Choose from six flavors of cake, five kinds of icing and 18 toppings to create a custom cupcake for $2.50. Cake flavors include the usual vanilla and chocolate plus red velvet, carrot and white chocolate. Customers can smear on some vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, cream cheese or lime icing and add up to three sprinkles of topping such as Oreo cookies, coconut, Pop Rocks or chocolate-covered pretzels. There are also gluten-free cupcakes and icings. "It's like Yogurtology but it's with cupcakes," said Daniel Delgado, who owns Sweet! and the nearby Cake Factory with his mother.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times

ST. PETERSBURG

Even dogs get treats on Beach Drive

As Beach Drive continues to gain customers who appreciate the dog-friendly attitude of stores and restaurants, Bella Brava is offering a free treat to its four-legged friends. The Italian restaurant at 204 Beach Drive NE has started handing out individually wrapped dog treats with the wording "Thank you for bringing your owner to Bella Brava" on the wrapper. Other businesses on Beach Drive have water bowls at the ready for wagging tongues. My Yogurt Cafe at 234 Beach Drive NE offers four different flavors of yogurt for dogs for $3 each.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times

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