Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop in Milford, Del. Serves Up a Sense of Community
Dean and Stephanie Tatman’s lifelong dream came true when they took over Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop in Milford, Del. last February.
“We always went there as customers because we live in the area,” Stephanie said. “We’ve learned life is short and you have to take advantage of opportunities as they come along. We started with baby steps and they turned into big steps.”
The couple moved to the Milford area seven years ago—Dean from Felton and Stephanie from Smyrna. In addition to running the Sussex County bakery, Dean continues to run a landscaping business, Tatman Property Solutions, and Stephanie continues to work for the State of Delaware.
Since moving to Milford and opening the bakery, Stephanie says the couple has felt an overwhelming sense of welcome, with customers ranging from young families to retirees.
“At first we were afraid we wouldn’t be accepted and supported but everyone has been great,” Stephanie said. “We love the community. Everybody knows everyone. I love it when young children are able to pick out the cookie they want and they are so excited to hand us their money.”
“Because of the nature of what we serve, I’d like to think we are the glue that brings everyone together. People grab a quick drink or a special treat and take it back to their families, and it invites people to shop at the other shops that are around.”
At Dolce Bakery the crew makes everything from scratch, which is extremely important to Stephanie and her husband. In addition to homemade items, Dolce supports various local vendors in the Milford and surrounding communities.
“We’re there for an impact in the community… We’re there because we want to make a difference and we feel we have a great venue to do that.”
As far as Stephanie’s favorite thing about the business, she couldn’t pick just one. Whether it’s being with the smiling customers, being in the kitchen coming up with new treats or the mere challenge of running a business—she loves it all.
To learn more about Dolce Bakery, visit dolcebakery.com.