Need Valentine’s treats? Lots of Wichita bakeries can oblige

Some of the Valentine's Day treats at La Galette.

Some of the Valentine’s Day treats at La Galette.

Few days of the year offer a better excuse to gorge on cookies, chocolate, cake, chocolate, chocolate-covered strawberries and, of course chocolate than Valentine’s Day.

Several local bakeries are in full-on Valentine’s Day alert, and many say they will still have plenty of stock through the day Friday for last-minute treat buyers.

Among them:

La Galette, 1017 W. Douglas, 316-267-8541: The French bakery and restaurant is going Valentine’s Day crazy this year, said owner Michelle Abdayem. The display cases are overflowing with decorated heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped cheesecakes, three different kinds of chocolate-dipped strawberries and delicate French macarons in a pastel rainbow of colors. Customers also can get a sampling of the treats in a pretty box for $14.99. La Galette will open early on Friday — at 8 a.m. — and will remain open until all the sweetness is sold.

J. Rae’s Bakery, 2357 N. Maize Road, 316-721-0090: This New Market Square bakery also is selling Valentine’s Day treats and will be fully stocked through Friday, selling 10-12 flavors of cupcakes, decorated cookies, cake balls, chocolate-covered strawberries and more. The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cravings Gluten Free Bakery, 3700 E. Douglas, 316-239-9853: You can treat your gluten-free Valentine, too, thanks to Cravings Gluten Free Bakery in Clifton Square. The bakery will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and will be serving heart-shaped cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cake balls.

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J.Rae’s a new bakery in New Market Square

J.Rae's pretty cookies are making me feel all springy.

While Christmas shopping last week, I noticed a very pretty new awning facing Maize Road in New Market Square.

What’s going on inside is even prettier. 

J.Rae’s is a new bakery specializing in those pretty frosted sugar cookies, cupcakes and cheesecake. It opened on Nov. 25 at 2537 N. Maize Road.

Owner Jana Morris, who opened the original J. Rae’s three years ago in Ft. Worth, is a Cheney native who recently moved back to the area and decided to open a second J.Rae’s with her sister, Kim Uppendahl, and her niece, Alyson Voth.

One of J.Rae’s specialties is sports-team cookies, and in Texas, they’ve perfected the Texas Longhorn and the TCU Horned Frog. The Wichita store has Jayhawk and Wildcat cookies always in stock. They’re working on a Wichita State cookie, Voth said, but a Shocker is a little more difficult to turn into a cookie than one would think.

J.Rae’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-721-0090.