Erin Brown is the owner of Dolce Bakery, which opened in the heart of Prairie Village in 2007. Erin’s vision was straightforward: creating baked goods made with care and quality ingredients. Since then, people just can’t stay away from Dolce Bakery’s famous cinnamon rolls, enormous cookies, gorgeous cakes, and other treats.
To get to know Erin a little better, we asked her a few questions.
When did you start baking?
I started wrecking my mother’s kitchen when I was 7. Making something delicious out of raw ingredients amazes me and I love baking for people.
What motivated you to open your original shop in 2007?
When I opened Dolce, there were only a couple of bakeries here in town. I felt like the community needed me to be serving them in this way. We needed a place to go get delicious scratch baked cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc…that were made with care by people who care. Highest quality and consistency are primary.
Also my husband. I would have stayed in the wholesale kitchen I was renting for much longer if he had not pushed me to open Dolce. I was terrified and he knew I was ready.
Have any of your customers inspired you to create a new recipe?
Oh for sure! The Kringles we make at Christmas are a customer inspired recipe. Our original location (the western half of where Einstein Brothers is currently), was formerly a bakery called Sophia’s. (I didn’t know this until we were open and operational!). She had baked and offered Kringles and customers were hoping for the same from me. I had to go look them up, because I had no idea what they were.