Hattie’s Cafe and Gifts in Hudson – An Easter Basket Review

I love a store with a great story behind it, and Hattie’s Cafe and Gifts is just that!  Hattie’s Cafe is a Hattie Larlham vocational program for area adults with disabilities.  These talented, hard working  folks learn valuable career skills while creating products, packaging them, and serving customers in the cafe itself.   Hattie’s Cafe and Gifts in Hudson was the first of its kind: it’s now joined by seven sister locations in Akron, and one in Cleveland.  I can’t think of a better combination than a purchasing a unique gift that supports a worthy, much-needed cause. It makes giving the gift twice as much fun!  So let’s get busy and talk Hattie’s Easter Baskets!

picture of Hattie's Cafe & Gifts Easter Basket
Hattie's Cafe & Gifts Easter Basket

Hattie’s Easter Gift Baskets

First off, is it a gift basket, or a gift pot?  Actually, it’s BOTH!  Designers have cleverly used Easter-themed ceramic pots in which to create their yummy Easter baskets.  Once done with the sweets inside, the pots can be re-purposed to hold plants or whatever your heart desires – love it!  Baskets range in price from $10.99 – $24.99, and are stuffed full of high-quality varied chocolates. Each basket comes with a special gift tag signed by the employee that packed it, and explains Hattie’s vocational program for people with disabilities.  A nice touch, in my book.

Hattie’s Cafe & Gifts Easter Gift Basket Review

We reviewed the largest of the baskets, priced at $24.99. I really liked the selection found in the pot.  Several items are homemade chocolates from Honadle’s Candies in Hartville, Ohio.  Their Dark Chocolate Almond Bark was incredibly addicting!  Loads of dark, sweet chocolate blanketed super fresh, super crunchy whole almonds.  This was my husband’s favorite, and he’s not even big on dark chocolate.  I loved the turtle candy in the sampler box with 5 different chocolates.  It had the perfect balance of chewy caramel, slightly salty nuts, and creamy chocolate.  We moved on to the box of 6 Mint Meltaways.  Again, wonderful quality, and refreshingly minty.

picture of What was inside our Hattie's Cafe & Gifts Basket
What was inside our Hattie's Cafe & Gifts Basket

The pot also included several Ghirardelli chocolate squares of different flavors.  You simply can’t go wrong with Ghirardelli chocolate in my book!  Still another box included 3 individually wrapped silky smooth truffles.  The piece de resistance was a homemade chocolate bunny pop made by Hattie Larlham bakery employees.  “Yummy-licious” as my girls said! Hattie’s homemade chocolate bunnies, ducks, crosses and marshmallow treats can also be purchased individually.  They would be a special treat for a child or a child-at-heart, and are wonderfully affordable at $1.00 – $3.99 per treat.

A Little About Other Offerings at Hattie’s Cafe and Gifts

I’ve lived in Hudson for a long time, and I did not realize the extensive gift offerings at Hattie’s and on their website.  They have their own brand of soy and jar candles, fair trade organic coffee, and accessories and clothing.  They also have one of the most extensive, all-encompassing gift basket selections I have ever seen under one roof.  Here is a sampling: Cookie baskets, pasta baskets, baby gift baskets, thank you baskets, and spa baskets.   Hattie’s will even customize gifts for corporations who are looking for socially conscious gifts with which to recognize their customers and employees.  How’s that for cool?!

The gift baskets as well as Hattie’s homemade baked goods can be purchased and shipped anywhere in the USA via the shopping section of their website.

Hattie’s Cafe

Finally, there is the Cafe side of the business.  Offerings include breakfast sandwiches, muffins and scones, and homemade brownies and cookies.  Lunch or dinner includes sandwiches like: Homemade Albacore Tuna Salad, Hot Roast Beef and Cheddar, Egg Salad, Veggie Deluxe, and Chicken Artichoke.  The also have a lovely selection of gourmet salads and soups.  Wash it down with your choice of regular coffee or an espresso, latte or cappuccino.  Top it all off with a scoop or two of ice cream, a malt, a milk shake, smoothie or float, all served from their historic soda fountain.  Can you say “WOW!”?

picture of Inside Hattie's Cafe and Gifts
Inside Hattie's Cafe and Gifts

Just thinking about Hattie’s and all it has to offer makes me feel nourished–body and soul!  I hope you’ll stop by or log on and check them out!

Hattie’s Cafe & Gifts
164 N. Main St.
Hudson, OH 44236

Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays: closed


164 N Main St
Hudson, OH 44236


Win Hattie’s Cafe & Gifts Easter Basket (3 prizes!) (Closed)

Hattie’s Cafe & Gifts is offering 3 Easter Baskets (1 $12.99 value, 1 $15.99 value, 1 $24.99 value) to 3 AkronOhioMoms.com fans to be shipped in time for Easter!

Updated: 4-19-11 Winners Announced: Congratulations, Shaunda, Jane, & Linda!

30 Day Winning Rule does NOT apply to this contest. For complete contest rules, please see our Contest Statement and Blog Disclosure. Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on April 18, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 24 hours to respond!

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Hattie’s Cafe & Gifts who provided the products for review & giveaway.

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251 thoughts on “Hattie’s Cafe and Gifts in Hudson – An Easter Basket Review

  1. tina page says:

    What a wonderful store/cafe! I’ll have to make a trip there one day soon! The Fresh Baked Basket looks like a lovely gift to pick up for someone!
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

  2. Alishia Kuczynski says:

    I commented on the Hop over to Hudson for Unique Easter Goodies Galore blog. I’m considering coming up for a shopping trip when the weather gets warmer, because I can’t stand to pass a ColdStone and not stop in!!!

  3. Jennie Narraway says:

    I didn’t know Hattie’s was opening a new location in the Summit Co. courthouse, or that they had so many locations. We’ll be stopping in soon for lunch!

  4. brooke says:

    Oh I might have a new favorite coffee gift shop…. The Coffee and Chocolate Comfort looks like a pretty gift to send to friends and family… weeshenanigans(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Holly says:

    I like that they offer Coffee…and chocolate..what could be better? I actually live in Akron (Kenmore) so I may stop by someday and check them out!

  6. Megan Thompson says:

    I had no idea that Hattie’s cafe had so many locations! It’s nice to know that there is one so much closer to home!

  7. Carol F says:

    I learned that Hattie’s Café & Gifts will open its eighth Akron-area café in the Summit County Courthouse on March 25.
    carolkfoster at comcast dot net

  8. Kathlean Owens says:

    I want to buy Chocolate Bouquet for my Moms’ Mothers’ Day gift!

    abstractrose at yahoo dot com

  9. Vickie Steele says:

    WOW-the basket looks scrumptous!! I didn’t know about this place until I read your blog. I must check this out one beautiful day. TFS

  10. kolpin says:

    Commented on Hop Over to Hudson for Unique Easter Goodies Galore!
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  11. kolpin says:

    Commented on Hop Over to Hudson for Unique Easter Goodies Galore!
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  12. sally m. says:

    I was very impressed by Hattie’s website–I never realized they had so many locations, such a variety of products—plus Honodle’s chocolates !

  13. paige chandler says:

    I learned Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides services to more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

  14. Pamela Kline says:

    I love they make homemade cookies and the baskets look wonderful. I love the ceramic basket…

  15. gail Caldwell says:

    I really like this store…I bought a bunch of stuff and chocolates from here for Valentine’s Day. The food is good too!

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