Village Baking No. 2

Bakery adds French pastries and crusty breads to Greenville Avenue foodie mix

Bakery adds French pastries and crusty breads to Greenville Avenue mix

Village Baking Co.
Village Baking Co. expands to Greenville Avenue with yeast breads and pastries such as these laminated brioches. Photo by Marc Lee
Village Baking Co.
Baker Clint Cooper behind the counter at Village Baking Co. Photo courtesy of Village Baking Co.
Village Baking Co.
Village Baking Co.

A date has been selected for the opening of Village Baking Co. on Greenville Avenue: Thursday, May 14. Bread for everyone!

Owners Kim and Clint Cooper will open the second branch of their bakery at 1921 Greenville Ave.; they opened the first on University Boulevard in 2012.  The spin-off is described in a release as a "quaint storefront inspired by the many visits to the Bordeaux French countryside and a hint of their Texas family farm."

This is an exciting development for Greenville Avenue. It gives the street not only another dining component, but also something few neighborhoods have and many want: an artisan bakery.

Like the SMU location, it will be open daily from 7 am-7 pm. It will also feature an extended menu that includes sandwiches.

The Coopers say they chose Greenville Avenue because of the dense, mature neighborhood. But probably not because of the location's lineage; previous occupants of that space include Pipedream, a "smoke" shop (wink wink), and, more recently, Girls Room, a studio that taught pole-dancing classes.

"Our hope is that people from the surrounding area will visit us in the morning and think about coming back on their way home from work to grab a warm crusty baguette," Clint says in a release.

He clarifies that "boulangerie" in the name means they're focused on yeasted products. "In America, retail bakeries are larger scale, from wedding cakes to cookies, to cupcakes to doughnuts," he says. "The typical American bakery has a broader spectrum, but we are focused on bread and pastries."