Sisters Darla McCuen, Nita Briggs, and Kim Haynes, struggle with challenges to keep their Dallas-based bakery, Kookie Haven, afloat according to a WFAA article from July 3. They say,
“After weathering the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Dallas bakery run by three sisters known for their culinary prowess had started to return to business after the state reopened. Then their oven burst into flames.
Kookie Haven, which is owned and operated by sisters Darla McCuen, Nita Briggs and Kim Haynes, already had faced a series of challenges before dealing with the flaming oven.
One of those was getting materials and supplies to bake its signature cookies and cakes, as well as materials for cleaning.
After the coronavirus hit, the business, located at 337 W. Jefferson Blvd., shut its doors on March 26. Kookie Haven partially reopened on Mother’s Day, then ran into trouble not only sourcing materials needed for both baking and sanitation, but encountering soaring prices.”
The bakery eventually closed its doors as the price increase of raw materials proved too much for the sisters to keep the business running according to a CultureMap Dallas article from July 6.
“Kookie Haven, a family-owned sweet shop at 337 W. Jefferson Blvd. from sisters Shinita Briggs, Darla McCuen and Kim Haynes, is closing its doors.
Briggs and McCuen confirmed the closure, stating that their final day would be July 9.
They hinted that the issue was financial, saying that “maybe a quick miracle can change things,” but then confirmed the closure was permanent.”
An increase of the prices of their products was implemented following the inflation of the prices of the ingredients they needed, and this has led to a decline in their customers.