For me, it's difficult to find a bakery that stands out above the common baked goods found in a grocery store. This time, I found one that does.
From butter almond sandie cookies to beautiful and yummy cheesecakes. Their bread is soft, buttery and melt-in-your mouth delicious. Their cakes are some of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen, and their cupcakes, well, let's say the last time I have seen such artistic cupcakes was in a Beverly Hills bakery.
This bakery is a true gem in Abilene. Their gift shop offers the most adorable tea sets, teapots, cookie jars and tools that cooks would die for.
What to buy: Sand tarts, pecan dumplings, blueberry muffins, chocolate cupcakes, butter flake rolls, white bread.
And from the gift shop pick up some cute cookie cutters, gifts and one of their adorable tea sets in a basket.
What to pay: I purchased 4 artistic cupcakes, dozen pecan dumplings, 2 sand tarts, 2 meat croissant pies, cheesecake, 6 blueberry muffins, 2 cookie cutters, a porcelain bookmark and a basket with a mini-tea party set inside. Total cost: $40.00
Albany's Main Street is worth the scenic, 35 minute drive from Abilene. You will find a collection of colorful shops carrying one-of-a-kind gifts, home furnishings, clothes, rare books, toys. Step back in time and wet your whistle with a sweet cherry lime soda or other concoction mixed before your eyes at the Weaver-Oates Drug Store marble soda fountain counter. You'll wonder how this town has stayed a secret! If you have time, check out the Old Jail Art Center while you are in Albany and stay for dinner at the Fort Griffen General Merchandise Restaurant for the best steak you've ever eaten. Get there before it opens at 6pm or you'll be waiting for a table.
What to buy: Great gifts, hunting paraphenalia, home decor, funky fashions. Blanton-Caldwell Trading Co. and Kitchen Works are my personal favorites for gifts.
What to pay: Better prices and selection than similar boutiques in the city. Also, you can usually expect free gift wrapping.