The little black-owned bakery found a home along Jefferson Boulevard. Landlords say inflation and supply challenges are among the issues forcing them to close.
Dallas – A popular family-owned bakery in Oak Cliff is planning to close its doors permanently.
The owners of Kookie Haven announced on social media that their last day of business will be Saturday, July 9.
Kookie Haven has become a hot spot along the Jefferson Boulevard business district in Dallas. Customers describe it as the home of delicious sweets.
“For me, when you eat our produce, it reminds you of home. It reminds you of your grandmother,” Darla McQueen said.
McQueen and her sister Neta Briggs are co-owners of Kookie Haven. The women brought the small, family-owned Mesquite bakery to Oak Cliff five years ago. They had big dreams looming.
“When we came in, we were so excited, because we felt like we had finally found the right place,” McQueen said.
The bakery quickly generated a positive buzz and a large following. The staff specializes in making unique desserts such as square-shaped cupcakes in a variety of flavors, a variety of cookies, and Kookie Haven’s signature “Stuffers.”
“Everything is done from scratch. We don’t skimp on our ingredients,” Briggs said.
But the COVID-19 pandemic came. It has infected several small businesses, including the Black-owned bakery. This challenge, combined with the current inflation, is making things difficult, the owners said.
“We had big dreams and goals, you know,” Briggs said, fighting back tears. “It’s hard. It was really hard.”
This week, Briggs and McQueen announced on social media that Kookie Haven will be closing permanently on Saturday. The women said the challenges of inflation, expenditures, and supply were exaggerated.
“We were spending about $50 for a gallon of extract. Well, when they closed our doors, we had to look for it, and we’d pay $384 for the same amount,” Briggs explained.
The closure of Kookie Haven is also devastating for the many customers who enjoy the desserts.
“These ladies are really hardworking and they are very professional. Very professional and customer oriented. They make you feel special when you walk in the door,” said one of the old customers.
The family said they sacrificed a lot to bring their small bakery back to life. As they prepare to bake their last batches, the team said they are grateful to every customer who gave them and their sweet omelettes a chance.
“Nita said that when we first started here, if we didn’t do Kookie Haven, we were going to hurt the world. It’s a little sad, because the world didn’t get a chance to get to know us. That’s the sad part for me. They didn’t get a chance to know who we are. Really,” McQueen shared in tears.
Kookie Haven is located at 337 Jefferson Boulevard in Dallas, Texas. Staff plans to close the fun from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. The owners say that there will be some free gifts.