A state-of-the-art downtown college campus isn’t where you’d usually go for an afternoon pick-me-up of espresso and elaborate pastries. But in Muskegon, the Sweet Spot gives students at Baker College's $11 million Culinary Institute of Michigan a chance to strut their stuff. The bakery is a little tricky to find, but it's not far from the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, downtown stores and the Century Club open-air mall.
The bright, open coffee shop-style space stocks fresh-baked goods made by students upstairs in a temperature- and humidity-controlled chocolate and sugar lab. Judging by quality, appearance and taste, it’s hard to believe these gorgeous cakes, tarts and treats weren’t created by full-fledged pastry chefs in a high-end restaurant.
The Sweet Spot also displays real-deal chef knives for sale, but the picture-perfect desserts are what keep patrons coming back. Inventory varies depending on what the students are learning to make in class; coffee drinks are available to wash it all down.