Mornings at Dolce Baking Company typically find the little store sandwiched between Village Flower Company and Starbucks bursting at the seams with a bustling line of customers waiting to get their hands on sweet morning treats.
“Honestly, I just didn’t realize we’d grow at the pace we’ve grown,” said owner and founder Erin Brown of her store, which opened its doors at the Village Shops in November 2007. “The kitchen has been overflowing for three years now.”
So when the space most recently occupied by Village Active — a space almost two times the size of the current shop — became available in September, Brown didn’t have to think long about making the leap.
“We went over to look at it and as soon as we got in there I knew, ‘This is it'” she said. “I just like the feel over there. There’s a great, big covered patio area. It the perfect place for our next phase.”
Renovations on the space will take place over the coming months with a target opening date of September. And while construction crews are building out the front end and building a baking kitchen in the back, Brown and her crew are tinkering away at ideas for expanded offerings — and have already formed some partnerships with other local food proprietors that are likely to elicit some cheers.
Brown says Dolce the will become one of the first places outside the Oddly Correct coffee shop on Main Street in Kansas City, Mo., to serve the small-batch roasters’ products, including offering pour-over brewed coffee on site.
And Brown is also in talks with Christopher Elbow about making his Glacé Artisan Ice Cream available in house.
“We served it at our first cobbler night of the summer a couple weeks ago, and, what can you say, Glacé just goes great with cobbler,” she said. “We think it will go well with some of our other products, too.”