Houston's Kolache Shoppe opens first Dallas-area bakery in Celina
A Texas kolache institution is headed to DFW: Kolache Shoppe , a family-owned bakery from Houston that's served scratch-made Texas-Czech kolaches and coffee since 1970, is opening a bakery in Celina — specifically the Celina Station shopping center at 605 S. Preston Rd., #100.
According to a release, this will be the fourth Kolache Shoppe and the first in the Dallas Metro area. It'll open in fall 2023.
Kolache Shoppe is a long-time Houston favorite thanks to its sweet and savory kolaches, using an original recipe from 1970.
They have two dozen signature flavors such as apricot, poppy seed, apple, sausage, egg & cheese, brisket, and venison sausage, plus monthly specials on weekends, and a full-service espresso bar with beans from Houston roaster Geva Coffee.
Celina is a franchised location led by husband-and-wife team Jake and Courtney Poulsen, along with Courtney’s parents, Gary and Cindy Mechler of College Station, in partnership with Kolache Shoppe owners Lucy and Randy Hines.
Jake's background includes business leadership and restaurant management, and Courtney is a former middle school teacher. Both are enthusiastic about the opportunity that a Kolache Shoppe franchise provides to invest in themselves, grow something for their family, and serve the community.
“Celina has a great historic square that’s been there for more than a hundred years,” says Courtney. “They have activities all the time, and the community comes out for all of it. Kolache Shoppe is a very community- and family-oriented business, so it fits really well. We love being involved in the community and are excited to play a role in Celina by providing a quick and delicious breakfast option.”
The Celina bakery will comprise 1558 square feet with a fresh, nostalgic feel, featuring signature design elements such as a blue-and-white motif, wood pastry cases and espresso bar, and a Texas mural with iconic Celina landmarks.
In addition to counter service, a drive-thru window will allow for quick grab-and-go ordering and pre-order pickups of pastries and specialty coffee drinks. The bakery will also have a few seats inside and on a small patio.
Randy and Lucy Hines took over the first Kolache Shoppe from founding operator Erwin Ahrens in 2014. They modernized the bakery while honoring its legacy, then launched a franchise program in 2018.
The Hines and Poulsens are long-time acquaintances: Lucy and Courtney have been friends since middle school. Courtney met Jake, who hails from Knoxville, Tenn., while the two attended Texas A&M University. They live in Frisco with their four children and are active community members.
Courtney has childhood memories of eating kolaches while Jake discovered them in college.
"We didn't have kolaches in east Tennessee, but I've always been a fan of pastries and baking, so it was cool to discover something new and distinctly Texan," Jake says. "I've loved them ever since I got here."