Owners bring decades of experience to Kolache Donuts Bakery in Highland Village

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Kay Kim and her husband, Hueng, own Kolache Donuts Bakery in Highland Village. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kay Kim and her husband, Hueng, own Kolache Donuts Bakery in Highland Village. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Kolache Donuts Bakery offers pine cones, twists, cinnamon sugar cake donuts, old fashioned buttermilk donuts and many more types. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hueng Kim makes the chocolate icing and donut glaze. Kay Kim said customers regularly comment on the taste, saying it is not as sugary sweet compared with offerings from other donut stores. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sausage rolls available at Kolache Donuts Bakery come in small ($1.19) or jumbo ($2.29) or with jalapeno ($1.29). (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
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About 400 kolaches are made each Saturday at Kolache Donuts Bakery. Fruit kolaches are a specialty and take about five hours to make. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Sausage, egg and cheese kolaches ($2.95) are available at Kolache Donuts Bakery in Highland Village. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
After a brief stint with retirement, Hueng and Kay Kim decided relaxing and traveling were not for them.

The Kims owned and operated a popular donut shop in Oklahoma for 20 years. After a two-year break, the couple bought Kolache Donuts Bakery in Highland Village in 2019.

“We really missed the customers,” Kay said. “I missed being creative and designing.”

The couple chose to locate in Highland Village because they have family in Coppell. “This business was similar to what I was used to, and the place is beautiful,” Kay said.

Before opening the shop in Oklahoma, Hueng worked in a bakery, and Kay was a florist. Since Hueng had bakery experience, he originally took on the role of custom decorator.


“I realized I could do it and took it over, and customers were happy,” Kay said.

When customers request a custom cookie or donut design, Kay draws the design, and Hueng makes the metal cutter if they do not already have it in their collection of 400-plus pieces. In addition to the frequently requested alphabet and number cutters for individual messages, they also have palm trees, dinosaurs, trucks, flamingos, tutus, music notes, graduation caps and so much more.

Kay said her work day typically starts at 1 a.m. when she makes the kolache dough.

“While kolache dough is rising, my husband slow cooks the donuts,” she said. “Some places use hot water. We slow cook them.”

When the shop first opened, most of the customers were from nearby neighborhoods. Now they have customers from Flower Mound, Denton, Frisco and Lantana as well.

Kay said she is grateful to her customers for posting rave reviews on social media, particularly during COVID-19. She reports that business has doubled since they bought the bakery.

“During COVID[-19], business stopped. ... I’m crying. I couldn’t even pay rent,” Kay said. “But then, customers on social media said, ‘Let’s go over there,’ and a lot of customers came and helped me and made me stand out. My business grew up.”

Top sellers:

Sausage rolls: small $1.19 each; with jalapeno $1.29 each; jumbo $2.29 each

Fruit kolaches: $1.29 each (Flavors: apricot, apple, cherry, blueberry, peach, raspberry, pineapple coconut and more)

Glazed donuts: $7.50 per dozen

Custom donuts: About $1.89 each (includes design)

Custom cookies: $2.29-$2.99 each

There is no charge to make custom cutters, but patrons should order three days in advance. If the cutter already exists, order one day in advance.

Kolache Donuts Bakery, 2930 Justin Road, Ste. 400, Highland Village. 972-966-1464. www.facebook.com/KolacheDonutsBakery Hours: Tue.–Sun. 5 a.m.–noon, closed Mon.



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