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Craft Kolache Closes

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Dear RVA and beyond, Thank you for coming on this adventure. It has surpassed my dreams that my initial summertime farmer's market concept grew into a brick and mortar location for the last 2 years. I couldnt have done it without the awesome people of RVA rallying behind me. Together we introduced a new (to many) word and a new (to RVA) food and have been WILDLY successful. TOGETHER. We cultivated community and kindness. TOGETHER. We donated to numerous charities and bought a wheelchair for someone affected by Hurricane Harvey. TOGETHER. I couldn't have done it without your curiosity about an unfamiliar food, your dedication to the business and your kindness. THANK YOU. With great excitement for what the future holds, Craft Kolache is closed effective today. I have a new adventure already in the works that I will bring to RVA very soon, and I CANT WAIT for you to join me on the next adventure. ?Heather #kindnessmatters #rvadine

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Christine Greenberg 03/24/2018 at 8:37 AM

Heather is going to slay and kick ass at whatever she does. Her delicious treats will be missed. Urban Set Bride will be expanding into her space and rooting her on as she continues her adventures in bad assery.

Melissa Ansley Brooks 03/24/2018 at 9:02 AM

I am devastated.

Chloe Rote 03/24/2018 at 10:42 AM

I have NO idea how Henry and I will tolerate each other on Friday mornings! Heather is doing other badass things, though!!

Adam 03/24/2018 at 9:48 AM

Nooooooooo! Too many good places in Church Hill go out when they’re at the top of their game. First the Dog and Pig Show, now Craft Kolache. I can’t take it!

Gina Fuller 03/24/2018 at 10:33 PM

What the eff? Why do places keep closing without notice like this?!?

Jessica Shook 03/25/2018 at 1:02 AM

Actually, thy did kind of notice. They announced a while back they would be closing for a little bit. Then they made it permanent.

Rachel Woolwine Davis 03/24/2018 at 11:04 PM

There is something strange here. I know they were always crazy busy.

Megan Stimpson 03/25/2018 at 7:08 PM

Busy doesn’t necessarily mean you can keep the overhead costs going to stay afloat and keep the product the same. A lot of people fail to realize how much cost goes into a restaurant without having to raise prices to make a profit.

L 03/25/2018 at 11:32 AM

They always seemed extremely busy, were always sold out, and so forth. In other words, it looks like they were making money. I kind of had the impression that everyone or almost everyone who worked there had other careers/responsibilities/etc. So, what I don’t understand is why they wouldn’t try to sell the business, rather than just shut it down?

Jonathan 03/25/2018 at 6:38 PM

Didn’t she get a grant fr om bon secours to make this happen? I know most small businesses fail within the first three years but come on. Running a business is not an adventure, it’s hard work. I hope the next person is actually serious.

Jason S 03/25/2018 at 7:37 PM

Jonathan, the hater meter is having a hard time registering your hateration levels. The last sentence does have some funny irony to it though, so points on that. Also, extra points for providing a textbook example of where the phrase “mind your own business” originated.

Josh 03/25/2018 at 8:09 PM


Let me educate you a little bit on the backstory of the woman who owned and ran this business. She has spent over 20 years of her life as a physical therapist dedicated to helping patients who have suffered from Trumatic brain injury’s , she’s also made multiple volunteer trips to countries whose people would normally not have access to top-quality physical therapy , while owning and running Kolache, she continue to work about 50 hours a week as a physical therapist and then will come in to the bakery in the evenings and 4 o’clock in the morning on weekends to bake and make sure everything was perfect before those doors ever opened … i’m sorry if your experience in owning and running your own small business ( if you ever have ), was not an adventure and only hard work. I’m also sorry if you can’t see the ability to mix both and how to measure success not on longevity or financial bottom line because that was never the idea . I hope this helps.

Scott Andrews 03/25/2018 at 9:21 PM

We knew it wasn’t going to last when they had the Texas flag backwards in the store.

Ben Steelman 03/26/2018 at 12:28 AM

I always wondered how they paid rent considering they were open like 5 hours a week…

Josh 03/26/2018 at 8:33 AM

Ok, so let’s try this again. If the only take a way from my previous post was that you now have a better understanding of how rent was paid, I’m sorry you missed all the other more important parts. As for the amount of hours the bakery was open, that was the widow of opportunity that we had to operate within and we are so thankful for everyone’s support that we were successful beyond our imagination with such small operating hours . We are SO Lucky to have full-time careers that allowed us to financially do what we really wanted to do and not worry about the bottom line defining our success . So why don’t we just leave it at that and remember, sometimes it’s best to just say thank you to someone for their hard work and wish him the best in their next endeavor . Y’all have a nice day.

Charlie Ayers 03/26/2018 at 10:36 AM

Will miss you.

Clay Street Resident 03/26/2018 at 10:46 AM

I visited Craft Kolache several times and loved the baked goods, so I am sad to see the business shutting down. Everything I purchased was delicious and I liked the location. However, there are even more times I stopped by during business hours (meaning the days/hours specified by Craft Kolache as their business hours) and the door was locked and no one in sight. No sign on the door specifying a reason or that someone stepped away and would be back shortly, just a locked door during business hours. After a few failed attempts, I simply stopped going.

tony 03/26/2018 at 1:28 PM

Dang Johnathan just posted his opinion, why rage on him? Yes they did get 5 grand in grant money. Josh since you are so #blessed chill dude.

Ester 03/28/2018 at 10:35 AM

If the product is great, it should be available in local stores. The new grocery in the east end might be a great place to showcase local food vendors.


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