Photos by Kleinpeter Photography. Wrapping paper from The Keeping Room.

Land of the sweets: Seasonal treats from local shops

Start a tasty tradition by filling your stockings with decedent treats from local bakers and confectioners.

LesAmis Bake Shoppe

Give your holiday dessert a dose of French sophistication with light-as-a-feather macarons. Try the red velvet, pistachio and bananas Foster flavors for a pop of festive color that tastes as good as it looks. Bon appétit!



There’s nothing more classic than an elegant box of chocolates. Zocalisa’s truffles and bonbons are carefully rolled and dipped in premium chocolate. Owners Jeff and Alissa Dickey like to think outside the typical chocolate box and offer seasonal flavors such as pecan pie and pumpkin.

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Lolli and Pops

These bite-sized works of art are almost too cute to eat. Carefully crafted marzipan figures make unique gifts that will delight both young and old.

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Tredici Bakery and Café

Secure your spot on Santa’s nice list with teacakes and Italian wedding cookies. Recently opened in the Capital Heights neighborhood, Tredici specializes in Italian cookies and treats while also serving owner Monica Shaughnessy’s signature baked goods.

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Strands Café

Strands puts a Cajun twist on a Southern classic with Louisiana-shaped pralines. These sugary, inch-thick indulgences come in Louisiana-shaped cookie cutters that can be kept as keepsakes long after the treats are gone.

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Cake Jewels

Perfect as party favors or stocking stuffers, these jolly spheres have a candy-coated shell with a chewy cake center. In addition to traditional flavors, Cake Jewels offers a variety of seasonal temptations such as gingersnap and white chocolate peppermint.