3 places to sample sweet treats for Valentine's Day
Treat your sweetie at one of these Tulsa candy, cookie or cupcake shops.
Kat Graham of Barbee Cookies at the company’s downtown location inside the Atlas Life Building
This year, find a date spot to remember while indulging a sweet tooth. From sophisticated to quirky to comforting, these locally owned shops have a flavor profile and atmosphere to match any couple’s taste.
Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes
With bright, cheery walls and outside-the-box cupcake flavors, Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes reflects owner Sheila Hulsman’s personality. “I wanted the store to be quirky and creative, like me,” she says.
Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, started as a hobby. But after a layoff, Hulsman launched the shop, which bakes traditional cupcakes and serves cupcakes in a jar — a less-mess option that extends the sweet treat’s shelf life for seven to 10 days. For Valentine’s Day, Hulsman recommends red velvet, black forest or the all-time bestseller: turtle cheesecake.
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday
1810 S. Main St., Broken Arrow
Kat Graham, co-founder of Barbee Cookies, wants her customers to relive their happiest memories. “I want people to feel like they are going to Grandma’s house, where they are always welcome, where there are fresh-baked cookies and a house full of love,” Graham says.
In keeping with the family theme, Barbee’s best-selling cookie — Hallee’s Heavenly Cinnamon Roll Cookie — was created by Graham’s daughter. For Valentine’s Day, the shop will feature several heart-shaped options, including a sugar cookie conversation heart. Gluten-free Valentine cookies can be special-ordered.
8393 S. Memorial Drive, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday
415 S. Boston Ave., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
918-369-7997 (both locations)
Glacier Confection provides more than an opportunity to sample gourmet chocolate. Guests also can learn about the origin of chocolate, the cocoa beans used and their flavor from the knowledgeable staff. Some of the Valentine’s Day bestsellers are truffles in flavors like strawberry Champagne, peach bellini and blood orange-wild honey.
Owner Bill Copeland recently opened his second store, a renovated space in Utica Square. It features a contemporary white-on-white design and a new product: gelato. “Our gelato will be made from scratch with the best ingredients in the world,” Copeland says.
This month, Copeland will open a third Glacier location in the Archer Building that features a “bean-to-bar chocolate factory” and serves wine, beer and cocktails.
1902 Utica Square, 539-424-5992
15 E. M.B. Brady St., 918-938-6368
Third location opening soon at 209 E. Archer St.
See glacierconfection.com for operating hours.