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Plantation Country Confections 

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Southern comfort is back in Shockoe Bottom, and we're definitely not talking about shots. We're talking about the spacious wood interior of a new lunch and takeout spot called Plantation Country Confections, gorgeously lighted by huge windows overlooking Main Street. We're also talking about their decadent homemade desserts.

Plantation Country Confections opened June 11, filling the vacancy left by Angie's Gourmet Market. Sandra Capps opened the place primarily to offer her handmade "spirit cakes," party-size cakes filled with spirits like the lemon champagne poppy seed and bourbon walnut. These cakes are very popular. Capps, who also owns the Coach House Tavern on Berkeley Plantation, has been shipping them all over the country and plans to start a Web site for them very soon. The really good news is that many of the flavors are available by the slice.

Like the cakes, all the food at Plantation Country Confections is available in small and large portions. If you are only interested in lunch, they have a nice sandwich menu with spruced-up versions of standards like the B.L.T. and chicken salad.

They're open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday (until 4 p.m. Saturday), so you can slip in after work to pick up a quart of tortellini or strawberry fields salad, a loaf of fresh bread and a spirit cake. Grab a few selections from the rack of Virginia and international wines and you've got the beginnings of an interesting dinner party.

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