Heights Central Station is soon to gain the first expansion of the half-century old Kolache Shoppe on Richmond Avenue.
After buying the Kolache Shoppe in 2014, Randy and Lucy Hines received such great feedback that they soon began playing with the idea of sharing kolache goodness with other neighborhoods. Even with several neighborhoods throughout Houston on their radar, the Heights was always first choice for them.
“The Heights was always at the top of that list simply for its reputation as a culinary hub of Houston and a tight-knit neighborhood. It’s centrally located, has tons of energy, and its residents appreciate authentic, local, high-quality food and drink,” Hines said.
So, when they were invited to join the Heights Central Station family out of the blue, they knew it was meant to be.
The Kolache Shoppe will serve over 30 kolache flavors with dough that is made from scratch daily. Along with the kolaches the new location will feature a full expresso bar with most of Boomtown Coffee’s menu. Along with the current Shoppe’s top flavors, they plan on offering special flavors exclusively in the Heights, like a vegan kolache.
For the popular brisket, egg, and cheese kolache they will be partnering with Pinkerton’s BBQ for it to be a regular offering.
“The Kolache Shoppe has been known for its authentic, made-from-scratch dough for almost 50 years. We use 100% real butter and we allow the dough to rise three times before baking it off, giving it a light, fluffy texture.
You can’t rush a good kolache and you can taste the difference every time,” Hines said.
The Shoppe is family-owned, and endeavors to support other small businesses whenever they purchase supplies.
By buying from Kolache Shoppe, customers are actually supporting multiple businesses.
“This new location will also have a drive-through; picking up specialty coffee and kolaches on the run will be very convenient. Finally, expanded hours of operation will give people the chance to grab a drink or bite starting at sunrise, until well into the afternoon,” Hines said.
They also offer catering. Kolaches are relatively low maintenance, making it easy to feed a group of people. From weddings to corporate parties, they’ve catered all kinds of events.
Originally the open date was set for the summer of this year, but Hurricane Harvey delayed the developers. Then, the winter brought in a few freezes which delayed them even more. Add a few rainy days to the mix and the open date had to be pushed back. Now, Randy and Lucy Hines are crossing their fingers for a November opening, at 1031 Heights Blvd.
“Frenzy aside, the process of opening a new location has generated such an exciting buzz at the original location, not just among our customers but also among our employees. We’re all anxious to step into the new Shoppe and spread our brand of happiness with a whole new community,” Hines said.
The Kolache Shoppe is excited to be part of the Heights community. The owners truly care about their product, their employees, and their customers. To keep up with the impending open date, follow them on social media: @kolache_shoppe on Instagram and Twitter and @houstonkolaches on Facebook.