Little did the Dozen-lovers know that the store's savior was among them - Doreen Valentine
"I started talking to James [Gray, former owner] the day of the final closing," Valentine, Dozen's new owner, said.
doesn't have past business experience in baking, she
strong customer following intrigued her
"I read a couple books in the past on being an entrepreneur, and they said find something you love and do something with that," Valentine
said that she
has not set a reopening date yet because of cosmetic work at the Lawrenceville location, which include new floors, paint, furniture and lighting, the Dozen team aims for a tentative reopening Aug. 27.
"You never know with construction," Valentine
hopes to have a grand reopening party two weeks after the bakery opens its doors again.
current schedule would tentatively place the celebration for the weekend after Labor Day.
The Oakland location won't see nearly as many changes to its appearance, with only a new paint job and a change in art decoration in the store.
Like the minor external changes made to the Oakland locations, Valentine
said changes to the bakery's recipes will be minor as well.
The new baking staff is currently taste-testing the different recipes to determine if any ingredients need to be tweaked.
Valentine said Lindsey Healy, new head pastry chef, has already begun playing with the batter recipe for the cupcakes.
One thing bakers won't touch, Valentine
said, is the recipe for the cupcakes' famous icing.
Staying true to her
business origins, Valentine
might at some point add doggie biscuits to the Dozen menu.
An entirely new staff will be hired by Valentine
for the Lawrenceville location, where Dozen's
baking is exclusively conducted.
said the Oakland location, which lacks a kitchen, will retain as floor staff most of the same employees who worked there before the ownership change.
former owner, Gray
, will stay on board with the store until September to train new staff in Dozen's
is also considering a reintroduction of Dozen's
The brunches would likely be held at the Lawrenceville location.
The return of daily soup and sandwhiches are also expected at the Lawrenceville location.
In Oakland, Valentine
said plans are in the works to provide boxed lunches, which might include a sandwich, cupcake and piece of fruit.
"James is talking to me about how to run a bakery," Valentine