Treat yourself to Grand Junction!
Be Sweet Café and Bakeshop
Cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns are the specialties at Be Sweet Café and Bakeshop in downtown Grand Junction at 150 W. Main St. (on the west side of First Street, and around the corner from the Justice Center). There you’ll find an array of made-from-scratch baked goods such as scones, cupcakes, sweet bread, coffeecake, and pie.
Owner Carrie Litz, who opened her shop three years ago, also makes custom-designed wedding cakes – although they need to be ordered months in advance.
Be Sweet offers a full espresso bar of coffees brewed from local coffee roaster Colorado Legacy. Additionally, Be Sweet makes frappes and fruit smoothies using locally grown peaches, cherries and other produce when in season. “We love to support local businesses as much as we can,” Litz says.
You can sit inside or outdoors at one of the sidewalk tables where you can view the sandstone cliffs of Colorado National Monument in the distance.
Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mention “happy hour” from 2-4 p.m. any afternoon for a discounted beverage or perhaps two pastries for the price of one!
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Sweet Kiwi Bakery
Sweet Kiwi Bakery, located on Orchard Mesa on the corner of U.S. Hwy 50 and 27 Road, is known for its custom orders – “that’s how we started,” says owner LaRae Biocic, who expanded into a storefront last year.
“Our specialties include cheesecakes, croissants and breads,” she says. You’ll also find Danishes, donuts, cookies, scones, and savory items like quiche, green chili cheddar rolls, and a breakfast Stromboli. There’s also a good mix of gluten-free items. And, Sweet Kiwi makes bagels from scratch.
Sweet Kiwi’s pop tarts are also made in-house and filled with either apple and cardamom spice, or strawberry preserves – but you need to come early, those treats tend to sell out by early morning, says Biocic.
For customers’ convenience there’s a drive-through window with a drink menu posted outside. An employee can hand you a pastry menu that changes daily. Sweet Kiwi serves a variety of coffee drinks and teas, with chai sourced from Sanctuary Chai in Denver. All of its coffee syrups are made in-house.
Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sugar & Ice Co.
Bordering Colorado Mesa University at 950 North Ave., suite 104, is Sugar and Ice Co., which fuels students and other community members with a full espresso bar, baked goods, yogurt treats and shaved ice.
Pastry items often include blueberry scones, garden veggie scones, personal pies such as pecan, apple, blueberry, and cherry. Cinnamon rolls and bacon cinnamon rolls are the shop’s best sellers and are available daily, says manager Amanda Pineda.
You’ll also find at Sugar and Ice “keto” cookies – a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, gluten-free cookie made with almond flour.
Sugar and Ice has been popular with college students ever since owners Savannah Tompkins and Tony Smith opened the shop July 26, 2020. The university donated outdoor tables for area businesses where customers can sip coffee and enjoy a sweet treat outside.
Sugar and Ice is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Main Street Bagels
Main Street Bagels has been an important fixture in downtown Grand Junction since Mark and Missy Smith opened the shop at 559 Main St. in 1995.
You’ll be tempted with lemon-raisin or cranberry-orange scones, cinnamon rolls, muffins, biscotti, and cookies – including a high-protein cookie made with quinoa and chia seeds – as well as gluten- and/or dairy-free items. A vegan triple-chocolate cookie is “really good,” says Missy.
If you’re more of a savory person there are plain croissants, and bialys made with spinach and swiss cheese or green chili-cheddar – a traditional Jewish recipe the owners learned in New York. Main Street Bagels also makes several European-style breads such as country sourdough, cranberry walnut, multigrain, whole wheat, baguettes, and challah – a sweet buttery Jewish braided bread.
The shop makes all kinds of bagels; its best seller being the cinnamon crunch which is delicious with cream cheese. During peach harvest season they make a peachy cream cheese – which, spread on a cinnamon crunch bagel tastes like peach pie, says Missy. When local apples ripen, the shop makes apple cream cheese, which also tastes like pie when spread on a cinnamon crunch bagel. There are other cream cheese flavors, too, such as crunch veggie, spinach artichoke, and berry-berry.
You’ll also find granola made in-house, as well as holiday-themed pastries such as the ganache brownie – with four different types of European chocolates made especially for Valentine’s Day. “It’s huge – good for two people,” Missy says.
Hours are Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.