Oak Cliff’s Doting Black Bakery in Dallas closes

A beloved bakery in Oak Cliff is closing: kookie haven, a family-owned candy store located at 337 W. Jefferson Blvd. of the Shinita Briggs sisters, Darla McCuen and Kim Haynes, is closing its doors.

Briggs and McCuen confirmed the closure, saying their last day would be July 9.

“Kookie Haven is permanently closing and it is with sadness, but we wanted everyone to come out this weekend to say goodbye,” the sisters said.

They didn’t explain why, but hinted the problem was financial, hinting that “maybe a quick miracle can turn things around.”

The bakery is known for its cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, pound cakes, decorated cookies, biscuit cakes, Bundt cakes and Haynes’ novelty decorated cakes. Signatures include their German chocolate cupcakes and their “stuffers”, a decadent treat with a cupcake baked inside a cookie.

They were one of the few local bakeries to offer vegan cakes and also offered a personal creation option where customers could choose from a selection of homemade products to create their own personalized cookie flavor.

They have often innovated, introducing items such as cookie dough in 2019 at the height of the cookie dough craze; as well as a nifty cake batter you can take home and bake into your own cake.

Named after their mother Kookie, an accomplished baker who inspired them to start baking when they were young, the bakery was founded in 2002, when the sisters opened a storefront in DeSoto. They closed in 2006.

In 2014, they relaunched it as a home bakery under Texas Cottage Law, then opened a storefront in Mesquite in 2015, where they developed a devout following.

They moved to Oak Cliff in 2018, to a cool urban space with cement floors and chalkboard paint on the walls, which were lined with flower patterns.

News of the closure was met with disappointment, with some customers urging them to “come back to Mesquite!” “What are we going to do for good desserts? I’ve tried others and no one compares,” said another fan.

Beyond their sweet products, the shop was also known for its sweet and caring customer service, and they highlighted that in their goodbye.

“Customer service is so important,” they said. “Customers need to know that you value them and appreciate them.”

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