Dessert Shoppe is an original concept, unique to Houston and locally owned. It will be located at 512 W. 19th St., in the same strip as Collina's and Penzey's Spices.
Co-owners and sisters, Sara and RaeMarie Villar are fourth-generation Heights residents who say they have wanted to open a bakery since childhood.
"It started with my great aunt's cookie, [which] to us, in our family... is the best and it was only given to us on our birthdays plus holidays," shares Sara.
Inspired by the family recipe, Sara studied with Alain and Marie LeNotre at the Culinary Institute LeNotre and then landed a position as pastry chef at the old Warwick Hotel (now Zaza). After the Warwick, she spent time in the kitchens of Rao's Bakery, as they expanded from Beaumont to Houston.
Finally, with her sister at her side, she will get to command her own ovens.
The "Dessert Shoppe is a dream coming true," says Sara. It "is going to be the place where I can make, bake, & create quality desserts, which is one of the things I enjoy most after The Lord."
Featuring an "array of desserts from whole cakes and pies to individual desserts, along with assorted breakfast pastries, cookies, quiches, cupcakes, and some breads," Dessert Shoppe will be open daily from 6:30am - 8:00pm starting in early December.
We'll be waiting.