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Kolache Shoppe Expands into Kingwood with New Location

The new outpost of the beloved Texas-Czech bakery, famous for introducing Houstonians to kolaches in 1970, will be its first outside of the 610 Loop.

By Daniel Renfrow December 1, 2022

Kolache Shoppe Kingwood features the same decades-old recipes found at the bakery's iconic original location.

Image: Becca Wright

The “Livable Forest” just got a bit more livable—or at least Kingwood’s youngest parishioners are now enjoying their Sunday mornings a bit more—now that Kolache Shoppe, a Texas-Czech bakery famous for introducing Houstonians to kolaches back in 1970, has opened a new location within the Main Street Kingwood mixed-use shopping center. The new Kingwood location, which opened quietly in November,  is now the third location—and only location outside the Loop—of the famous bakery, which has existing locations in Greenway (its original location) and in the Heights. 

For those who are uninitiated (please don’t out yourself), kolaches are pastries comprised of fluffy dough and sweet toppings that were first introduced to Texas by Czech immigrants in the 1800s, and they have since developed into a unique and beloved regional staple—especially klobansky, which are savory iterations of the famous pastry that come stuffed with fillings like sausage, egg and cheese, smoked brisket, and ham. 

They’ve been a staple in Houston for so long that opinions on where you can get the best ones tend to be pretty strong. The general consensus, however, is that the kolaches from Kolache Shoppe, the OGs if you will, are the best to be found anywhere in town—a fact made evident by the long lines that often stretch from its Greenway and Heights locations every morning.

That Kolache Shoppe has decided that its next chapter will partially unfold in Kingwood makes perfect sense when you consider the community’s family friendliness and the fact that a large number of people who live there commute to offices in Houston every day for work—meaning kolaches, which are easy on-the-go items to consume during a morning commute, are tempting choices for breakfast. 

The klobansky at Kolache Shoppe Kingwood come with a variety of savory fillings. 

Image: Becca Wright

For the bakery’s new Kingwood location, owners Lucy and Randy Hines have partnered with franchisees Jordan and Kristy Armendinger, native Houstonians and Heights residents who are longtime regulars at the Kolache Shoppe’s Heights location. Kristy Armendinger’s mother owns a franchise location of another bakery in Kingwood, which has allowed the couple to become familiar with the area, as well as the ins and outs of owning a franchise.

“As native Houstonians, we grew up with kolaches,” said Kristy Armendinger in a statement. “Whether on a lazy weekend morning or heading to school, we always found our way to Kolache Shoppe. Now, as part of the Kolache Shoppe family, we want to pass down a little piece of our childhood. We look forward to sharing our love for our favorite Texas breakfast while becoming an impactful part of the Kingwood community.”

The new Kingwood bakery, a 1,200-square-foot space that echos the fresh design of the Heights location—from its chevron-patterned white tile backsplashes to its bold navy and white wallpaper—has been tailored to the needs of the community and includes inside seating as well as a dog-friendly patio. More importantly, since the Armendigers are anticipating that most of their orders will be grab-and-go, the couple has installed a window to manage pick-up orders. 

While the Kingwood location features the same decades-old recipes of the iconic original location—including over two dozen signature sweet and savory fillings—the Armendingers have opted to make occasional ingredient swaps for some items, including the bakery’s smoked brisket, which is sourced locally from Tin Roof BBQ in Humble. The Kingwood location also offers specialty coffee sourced locally from Geva. 

To accommodate early morning commuters, Kolache Shoppe Kingwood is open Tuesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 12:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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