Chuck Stanko and George Carroll, the owners of Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop, have become a cornerstone in the downtown Milford community over the last decade. Celebrating 10 years in business this past month, Chuck, George and their staff gave thanks to their customers for their continued support through free coffee and baked goods. A daily visit for many Milford residents and visitors, Dolce has become much more than a coffee shop as families and friends meet to catch up, discuss life and share freshly made sweets.
Over the years, Dolce Bakery & Coffee shop has received many awards including an Outstanding Main Street Merchant award from the Downtown Delaware Revitalization Conference put on by the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) and several ribbons from Rehoboth Beach’s Chocolate Festival for their various sweets including their Gluten-Free Gooey Chocolate Cookie and Chocolate Buttercake.
Stanko and Carroll have seen many changes to the downtown Milford area since they opened their doors in 2005. Stanko shared that he has seen a positive progression as more retail spaces have replaced vacant and underused buildings. He also remarked that the foot traffic in the downtown area continues to grow as more residents are enjoying a more walkable community.
“Everything seems to be going in the right direction, there is more foot traffic and more retail downtown,” said Stanko. “We would like to see this continue and for downtown Milford to become even more of a destination where people can spend the day.”
Dolce serves coffee and baked goods but it is their commitment to the community that has earned them the recognition they deserve. Cookies for Megan, a benefit for a 14 year old girl who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, is just one of their efforts to reach out to those in the community. As her family was understandably facing financial hardship Dolce and others from around the community did their part to help out.
Dolce has also done their part with supporting the local schools and arts by giving a scholarship to a student from the Delaware Music School in Milford. This community involvement contributes greatly to their success. The personal interaction that is demonstrated from the minute the front door swings opens has created a business that is more than just a coffee shop. Chuck Stanko admits, “It is not about just having the best coffee in town, it is about knowing the people and giving them a personal, professional service.”
As the business prospered even under the harsh condition of the national recession, the owners of Dolce say that their success can be contributed to a supportive community. “The people were so nice and welcoming when we first got here,” said Stanko. We were welcomed with open arms and they continued to support us over the years.”
Last fall Dolce reintroduce their cheesecakes as they refocused on baked goods. Owners Chuck and George have since hired several more employees and are once again become a full bakery. Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop is located at 36 N. Walnut Street in downtown Milford, open Monday through Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturdays 8am to 3pm. For more information visit them online at http://www.dolcebakery.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dolce-Bakery-Coffee-Shop/415195304618.