Wednesday, July 10, 2013 , Updated 10:26 a.m., September 24, 2013
UPDATED: All-vegan Reverie Bakeshop is open in Richardson
It opened September 23, 2013.
[UPDATE: Reverie Bakeshop officially opened September 23, 2013. According to Facebook, they sold out by the end of opening day.]
Original story: The company, started by two Dallas women, is a few parts punk rock rebellion, a few parts environmental consciousness, and all vegan. It's slated to open in September.
The bakery will produce 100 percent vegan desserts, such as traditional chocolate chip cookies or elaborate wedding cakes, some with intricate patterns and vivid colors made with animal-free components. The menu will emphasize products made from local ingredients, and owners have verified with concession vendors that 80-95% of the shop's waste will be compostable and/or recyclable. The storefront will be located at a 1930 N. Coit Road, Suite 140, in Richardson, in the same shopping center as Richardson Bike Mart.
Reverie Bakeshop is the brainchild of Nancy Castillo and Racene Mendoza, pastry artists who became fast friends over a vegan chocolate cream pie. Castillo credits her punk past for instilling her commitment to veganism and she said the hardcore band In My Eyes was one of many that inspired her consciousness toward community building. Mendoza's passions were ignited by her great-grandmother and cake decorator aunt who bestowed upon her a box of handwritten cake decorating tips culled from more than 30 years of experience. Otherwise self-taught, Mendoza delved into her family's legacy and worked for eight years honing her craft as a cake decorator before meeting Castillo, by then a formally trained pastry chef. The two bonded over their shared craft and collaborated, each bringing a bit of her own special identity to the kitchen.
The products will be animal-free and free of hydrogenated fat, cholesterol, or preservatives. The company will also offer a line of gluten-free products, and the chefs are in the process of being gluten-free certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group to ensure production control on those items, according to their website.
"It is very much a full-time job at this point," said Castillo. The pair are focused now on finishing out the storefront with projects such as flooring, painting, and furnishing.
Due to last-minute costs, the pair have created a Kickstarter project and hope to raise more than $9,000 by July 31. Should the money not come in, Castillo confirmed that Reverie Bakeshop will still open in September.
Learn more through the project's Kickstarter video:
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