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Socially Distant Sweets: Order from These Local Bakeries

We’ve been encouraged to stay home amid the COVID-19 crisis, but Charlotte bakeries are serving up sweets — like cookies, milkshakes and macarons — that you can enjoy from your couch.

Sweeten that stay-at-home order with a quarantine snack from your favorite bakery. Charlotte businesses that specialize in desserts have enhanced cleaning protocols and implemented new procedures to keep the community safe. Whether you’re close enough for a quick curbside pickup or prefer to have your dessert arrive at the door, these Queen City staples have you covered.

Photo courtesy of Amélie's French Bakery & Café

Amélie's French Bakery & Café

Neighborhoods: Carmel Commons, NoDa, Montford Park/Park Road, Rock Hill, Uptown

Get your pastry fix with a treat from Amélie's French Bakery & Café. Choose from French macarons, salted caramel brownies, eclairs, tarts, palmiers, tea cakes, twice-baked croissants and custom cakes. You can place an order online or call the bakery of your choice directly. Bakery hours for curbside pickup and delivery vary by location and can be found on the café’s website.

Operating Hours: Vary by location; Carmel Commons (Daily, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.), NoDa (Daily, 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.), Park Road (Daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.), Rock Hill (Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.), Uptown (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.) These are subject to change based on demand.

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The Batchmaker

Neighborhood: Wesley Heights/West Charlotte

The Batchmaker is back to provide sweets while you practice social distancing. The team has adjusted by having less staff members in the kitchen and in the front, and staff members wear masks and take extra precautions when sanitizing. Options include mini cookie boxes with two cookies and jumbo cookie boxes with cookies, brownies, oatmeal creme pies, pop tarts and rolls. Order online and pick it up curbside!

Operating Hours: Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Binki Cafe

Area: University City

Binki Cafe may be known for its bubble tea, but it also has delicious Filipino desserts like the Halo-Halo and Banana Turon. The café is currently offering takeout and pickup — it’s recommended that you call 980.859.2002 to order in advance and limit time in the café. Delivery is available via DoorDash.

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday, 2-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

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The Cheesecake Studio & More

Area: Online

The Cheesecake Studio, a home-based company, understands that during this time, customers may need orders sooner than before, so its updated its 2-3 day notice for orders to just 1-2 days. To place an order for your very own cheesecake, place orders via email at cheesecakestudioclt@gmail.com, send a direct message on Instagram (@thecheesecakestudioclt) or text 980.292.5755. For next-day pickup or delivery, place orders before 1 p.m., if possible. You can also get delivery for $5-$10 depending upon the delivery area.

Operating Hours: Daily

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Coco and the Director

Neighborhood: Uptown

Even though Uptown may be slower than usual, Coco and the Director is still open for your coffee and dessert needs. Pick up assorted pastries, cronuts, tea and coffee to go.

Operating Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Ana Marie Vogel

Davidson Chocolate Co.

Area: Davidson, NC

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the team at Davidson Chocolate Co. is down to just one person. To ensure quality and freshness, chocolates are made by order. If you’re craving decadent truffles and confections, you can place an order for curbside pickup or shipping ($10 flat rate). Delivery via third-party companies is not available at this time.

Operating Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 3-5 p.m.

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Golden Cow Creamery

Neighborhoods: South End, SouthPark

If you’re a fan of the rich, unique ice cream flavors from Golden Cow Creamery, you’re in luck. The shop is open to satisfy your sweet tooth, and all products except the ice cream sandwiches are available. You can pick up your ice cream in the shop or get it delivered via DoorDash. To keep customers safe, the shop temporarily paused sampling and is only accepting wireless payment or card with no need to touch the point of sale screen. This eliminates share contact services so you can safely order and take your ice cream outside. When weather permits, the shop also props open doors slightly.

Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 1-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 1-10 p.m.

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Honeysuckle Gelato

Neighborhood: Optimist Park

This sweet Optimist Hall staple is offering hand-scooped pints of popular flavors like salted caramel brownie, caramel apple cheesecake, German chocolate, blackberry cheesecake, Irish coffee, and plenty of others. It also recently added mango sorbet pops to its menu. You can order online for pickup or get delivery via GrubHub.

Operating Hours: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Area: Online

Although you can’t visit the shop, Jeni’s is still offering delivery from all three Charlotte locations. Order online — and if you order four pints, delivery is free!

Photo courtesy of Dani Smith

King of Pops

Neighborhood: NoDa (during normal operating times); currently delivery only

While you can’t visit King of Pops in person, you can still get the pops delivered. Order online to get all of your usual handmade, all-natural pops. King of Pops also has dairy and vegan options as well as “King of Pups” frozen treats for dogs!

Operating Hours: Daily, 2-6 p.m.

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Mercy’s Daylight Donuts

Area: Mooresville, NC

Craving a hot and fresh doughnut? Mercy’s Daylight Donuts is still open for takeout orders. Pick up your favorite, try a new flavor, or call ahead at 704.663.0482 for large orders.

Operating Hours: Daily, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Mr. K’s

Neighborhood: South End

This iconic South End staple is still open and serving its full menu — soft serve ice cream included! While you can’t dine there, you can still get takeout or delivery. The team has implemented updated cleaning protocols. Employees must wear gloves and all surfaces are disinfected every 15 minutes.

Operating Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Ali Witcher

Ninety’s Ice Cream

Area: University City

Known for its vibrant, Instagram-worthy treats, Ninety’s Ice Cream is serving Charlotte with fun treats to enjoy at home. To help limit contact, the shop is not accepting cash, and instead will only accept card payments. The staff is on reduced hours to ensure social distancing and the team is practicing thorough sanitizing daily. All products are only served to-go after you order online, or you can get your dessert delivered via Uber Eats or DoorDash. Select from options like ice cream, fudge brownie ice cream sandwiches, macaron ice cream sandwiches, gooey cookie sundaes and specialty milkshakes.

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 3-9 p.m.; Sunday, 3-8 p.m.

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Pepperbox Doughnuts

Neighborhood: South End

Sweeten your weekend with a dozen Pepperbox Doughnuts. This South End staple is serving up seasonal flavors like matcha, cinnamon-spiced maple bourbon, oreo cheesecake and N.C. apple fritter. The team has increased vigilance on already-stringent sanitation rules to keep the community safe. You can order online for same-day delivery or schedule pickups in advance.

Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (or until sold out)

Photo courtesy of The Percantile and Creamery

The Percantile and Creamery

Area: Concord, NC

The Percantile and Creamery is the go-to spot in Concord for its coffee and ice cream. Though it’s cut shop hours and employee hours, it’s still open to serve the community a variety of sweets including brownies, ice cream, cookies, cronuts, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, croissants and chocolates. You can place your order at the shop, call 980.299.6969, or order via Cloosiv. Delivery is available through GrubHub or direct from the shop for any order over $50.

Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

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SAS Cupcakes

Area: Blakeney

Missing your favorite frosted treats from SAS Cupcakes? You can pick them up curbside (call, direct message, or email to order) or get delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats. Get flavors like strawberries n’ creme, German chocolate, Bailey’s Irish cream, and marble swirl.

Operating Hours: Monday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

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The Secret Chocolatier

Neighborhood: Cotswold/Providence Park

This award-winning family of bakers, confectioners and chocolatiers is here to help make your quarantine sweet. Look for truffles, bon bons, caramels, toffees, barks, cookies, brownies and all sorts of treats covered in chocolate. The staff is rotating to practice social distancing, and the shop transitioned to curbside pickup and delivery only. Order online or call 704.323.8178 to place an order. You can also get your treats delivered or shipped if you live further away.

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

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Smallcakes Carolinas

Area: Huntersville, NC

Smallcakes Carolinas is still baking its fresh cupcakes daily. Since they had to lay off employees, they’ve adjusted operating hours to be able to continue to serve the community. Stop by for cupcakes, brownies, cookie sandwiches and even custom orders. To place an order for pickup, call 704.727.0284 or order delivery via GrubHub or Uber Eats.

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Suárez Bakery

Neighborhood: Montford Park/Park Road Shopping Center

Known for its photo-worthy treats, Suárez Bakery has always been a takeout-only shop. Amid the crisis, it’s pivoted to add online ordering, curbside pickup and delivery. The shop has all of your favorites stocked, from cakes, cupcakes and cookies to doughnuts, pastries and cold desserts. The best way to order for same-day or next-day takeout/curbside/delivery is via the website. You can preorder for two or more days out by calling 704.525.0145. The shop is also offering $3 deliveries within a 3-mile radius for a limited time with a minimum order of $20, but it delivers to all of Charlotte and surrounding areas as well.

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Kenty Chung

Sunflour Baking Company

Neighborhoods: Ballantyne, Dilworth, Elizabeth, Harrisburg, NC

This scratch-made bakery is a go-to for locals craving breakfast or dessert. To help keep the community safe, Sunflour Baking Company has enhanced its already stringent cleaning regimen and has reduced operating hours to allow each location to remain open every day. If you’re craving something sweet, the new spring menu showcases a lemon meringue bar, strawberry lavender berry tart, carrot oat muffins as well as custom baked goods. You can get your goodies via carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery via GrubHub, Postmates, Uber Eats and DoorDash. Head to the website to place an order.

Operating Hours: Daily from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Sweet Spot Studio

Neighborhood: Oakhurst/Cotswold

Local businesses that offered cooking and baking classes are being hit especially hard during the crisis. Sweet Spot Studio decided to pivot its business model to stay “open” by offering online classes. You can virtually attend a cookie decorating class or a macaron class and all required materials will be provided. Current themes include Garden Party, Harry Potter, and even Friends. If you prefer to skip the class, but still want to decorate cookies, you can purchase a cookie kit, which comes with cookie dough, cutters, royal icing and decorating video tutorials. Classes and kits are for all ages, and no experience is necessary. Place your order on the shop page.

Operating Hours: Daily

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SWIRL

Neighborhood: Oakhurst

SWIRL is known for its cupcakes, but it’s serving more than just frosted treats during quarantine. Depending on what you’re craving, you can enjoy cookies, fudge, blossoms, a “smashwich,” ice cream, and, of course, fresh-baked, made-to-order cupcakes. You can place an order in person at the shop, online, by text or phone call at 704.258.1209 or via email (swirlclt@gmail.com). Delivery is available via Postmates, DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub.

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Jay Pithwa

Tastebuds Popcorn

Area: Belmont, NC

If you’re craving the perfect mix of salty and sweet, Tastebuds Popcorn is currently offering 80 flavors of popcorn. Look for options like triple salted caramel, birthday cake, tropical fruit, and rainbow cookies and cream. To order, call 704.461.8755 or head to the website for curbside pickup or shipping (usually arrives within two days). You can also get delivery via GrubHub and DoorDash.

If you choose to pick up your order, rest assured the team has taken measures for your safety. Only one group of people is allowed in the shop at a time, and all surfaces are disinfected after each group comes in. The team also added tape on the floor so customers and “tastebuddies” can practice social distancing.

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

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Tiff’s Treats

Neighborhoods: Uptown, Waverly

Indulge in warm, fresh-baked cookies from Tiff’s Treats. All cookies must be pre-ordered, and only one party will be allowed in the store at a time to maintain proper social distancing procedures. You can also order cookies to be delivered or pick them up curbside — they’ll be delivered right to your trunk!

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Twenty Degrees Chocolates

Neighborhood: South End

While you normally pick up confections from Twenty Degrees Chocolates in the Design Center, the shop has temporarily moved operation to its retail partner, Petit Philippe (2820 Selwyn Ave., #160). Look for sweets like artisan chocolate bars, caramels and bonbons. You can order online for curbside pickup or have your order delivered.

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Swannie

Two Scoops Creamery

Neighborhoods: Lake Norman, Plaza Midwood, South End

Craving the super-blue cookie monster ice cream? Or maybe a scoop of strawberry cheesecake? Two Scoops Creamery is open for pickup or delivery (within a 3 mile radius of each location). Call the Plaza Midwood location at 704.900.5792, the South End location at 980.237.2149 or the Lake Norman location at 980.444.3800 to order scoops or pints. Bonus: You can also get ice cream cakes.

Operating Hours: Lake Norman (Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.), Plaza Midwood (Sunday-Thursday, 1-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-10 p.m.), South End (Monday-Thursday, 4:30-9 p.m.; Friday, 4:30-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1-10 p.m.; Sunday, 1-9 p.m.)

Photo courtesy of Jessica Swannie

Whit’s Frozen Custard

Area: Davidson, NC and Huntersville, NC

As the weather warms, a chilled cup of custard really hits the spot. Both shops are serving custard, quarts, pints and “Whittes” (cookie sandwiches) in a variety of flavors. All options are made-to-order, and as we’ve been told, the possibilities are endless. Whit’s Frozen Custard has special pickup areas at both locations and just added online ordering so you can have the custard come to you. No one is allowed in the shop to encourage social distancing, except for the employees, who must wear gloves. Order for the Davidson location here and the Huntersville location here.

Operating Hours: Daily from noon-9 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Swannie

Your Mom’s Donuts

Neighborhoods: Davidson, NC, Matthews, NC and Montford Park/Park Road Shopping Center

You may be spending more time at home, but at least you can spend time at home with doughnuts. Your Mom’s Donuts is still accepting orders for pickup. You can get your favorite flavors or cinnamon rolls. And on Thursdays, the Matthews and Park Road Shopping Center locations are offering a dozen donuts for $20. Please note that Davidson pickup is only available on grocery days on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Operating Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Next time you’re craving something sweet, skip the grocery store cookies and purchase something local instead. These decadent homemade treats will support Charlotte businesses, so it’s something you can feel good about. And the rumors are true — quarantine carbs don’t count!