A Double Dose of Sugary Shops

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Proof positive the holidays are approaching: Visions of sugarplums are already dancing in your head. Luckily, two local sweet spots -- Buzz and Sticky Fingers -- are here to help.

Early birds and night owls alike should flock to Buzz, a bakery and dessert lounge in Alexandria that opens Monday. Serving lavish sweets from 6 a.m. to midnight, their pastries, cakes, house-made chocolates and killer cupcakes aim to satisfy any sweet tooth.

"Cupcakes are like the new doughnut," owner Michael Babin says. "You can buy 'em by the dozen, and they're dynamite."

Buzz hopes to attract evening crowds by hosting movie nights, book parties and live music. But ultimately, they want you to come for dessert -- and maybe a drink. Says Babin, "When people are dining in the area, we hope that instead of staying there for the five or six desserts on the menu, they'll come here for 30 or 40" choices.

A selection that vast is hard to come by for vegans and folks with food allergies. But Sticky Fingers Bakery, which reopens in a new location this week in Columbia Heights, will serve nearly 30 delicious desserts that are egg- and dairy-free.

The new bakery will boast an expanded dining room and a menu that goes beyond the cookies and cakes served at its former site on 18th Street NW.

"We'll have all kinds of quick, grab-and-go meals," co-owner Kirsten Rosenberg says. "We're doing veggie chili dogs, mac and cheese, potato salads -- all kinds of yummy comfort foods."

But the main attraction will always be the desserts, including their signature sticky buns. (The vegan sugarplum recipe is still in the works.)

-- Chris Richards

Buzz, 901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria. 703-600-2899. http://www.buzzonslaters.com.

Sticky Fingers Bakery, 1370 Park Rd. NW. 202-299-9700. http://www.stickyfingersbakery.com.

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