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Dessert Café Filling Shuttered Higher Grounds Coffee Space in Grosse Pointe Park

Detroit Marshmallow Co.’s founder is bringing chocolate, caramel, cake, and coffee to the Mack Avenue building.

Higher Grounds Cafe shut down in Fall 2015. Michele Bezue Confections will take its place in February.
Higher Grounds Cafe shut down in Fall 2015. Michele Bezue Confections will take its place in February.
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Grosse Pointe Park will get sweeter in February with the opening of Michele Bezue Confections, a dessert café and confectionery. Owner Michele Mojica Bezue of Detroit Marshmallow Co. tells Eater she signed a lease on the former Higher Grounds Coffee House on January 1. "I had dreams of it in the past," Bezue says of the building. When the café shuttered last fall she kept a close eye on the space. Then, in mid-December she decided it might be the right time to approach the local church that manages the property about filling the space.

Michele Bezue Confections will offer retail chocolates, caramel, marshmallows, and other treats, as well as a full-service café. In the mornings the shop will offer coffee, pastries, and other baked goods for guests, and will transition into a sit-down style dessert parlor in the evenings complete with white linens and table service. Bezue says the menu will likely include more elaborate desserts such as deconstructed s'mores and custard cake. She also plans to feature macarons by The Blu Kitchen in Plymouth. "It's just going to be such a beautiful place for people to congregate," Bezue adds. The cafe is currently in the process of receiving a makeover with a chocolate brown and green color palette.

During the renovations, Detroit Marshmallow Co. will only be open by appointment. Bezue expects to see her new confectionery soft opened by February 1 with a weekend-long grand opening during Valentine's Day weekend. The event will feature a fashion show, Valentine's Day gift bazaar, spay day, and a Valentine's Day brunch. Tickets are available online. Following the opening, Detroit Marshmallow Co. will open on Saturdays only and by appointment.

Michele Bezue Confections

15324 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, USA