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Dec 22, 2007 07:41 AM

Barb's Kolache Bakery-Shawnee, KS

I called this morning to ask (a) if they were going to be open tomorrow (due to the holidays) and (b) if I could place a SMALL order: four Danish and four Bieroks. They said they were not taking any more orders until after Christmas. I didn't consider this a huge order; basically I just wanted to be sure I didn't drive over there in the weather to find they didn't have either. She also told me they weren't even making Bieroks until after the holidays. Needless to say I was disappointed. Is this normal for a small speciality bakery?

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  1. Probably, small operations have a "maximum" amount they can prepare. Since their goods are created, with love, by people in the shop, Barb's can't just place an order with a large factory. Two hands (or however many hands Barb's employs) can only do what they can do. Now you know for next year, get your order in early.

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    1. re: amy_rc

      Yes, of course I understand all that. I'm not really sure you could have even called this an "order" - it was more like setting aside to be sure they didn't run out. Maybe they'll have more flexibility when the newness wears off.

      1. re: GiGiWy

        This drives me absolutely crazy. I hope they make lots of money this season and they anticipate their demand volume for next year.

    2. GiGi, if it's any consolation, when I went in Friday the 21st, she told me she couldn't take any orders or even set aside a dozen for pickup the next day. I do think she was just completely overwhelmed for the number of employees she has. She had already run out of everything but a few cinnamon rolls and two flavors of kolache (fewer than a couple dozen pastries in all.) This was early, and she was still going to be open several more hours with nothing to sell. They were frantically making dough in the back and forming kolache. It looks like a small operation, and I bet they'll be better prepared next year.

      The kolache were good, btw, the fillings a little sweet for my taste, but the roll had good flavor and wasn't too greasy. I'm looking forward to trying a bierock, as they sold out in one hour at the De Soto Days festival this past fall.

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      1. re: amyzan

        I guess that's the best problem for a business to have - so good they run out of everything! We have tried their sweet kolaches as well as the ones with sausage or bacon and cheese, but I'm really jonesing for a bierock (bierok?), as I've never had one. Hope they keep up the good business and are able to get ahead of the curve a little more!

      2. Still good?

        Barb's Kolache Bakery
        22354 W 66th St, Shawnee, KS 66226

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I'm sorry to say the last time I went, which admittedly was well over a year ago, Barb's kolaches had declined in quality considerably. The dough had become flavorless, from poor quality fat was my suspicion. Without a tasty dough and with a greasier feel, the too sweet fillings made the pastries well, just pretty bad, IMHO. Now, it's entirely possible my opinion is out of date, and they've improved the recipe again if sales slacked. So, I will wait to hear from other hounds who might have made a more recent visit.

          1. re: amyzan

            That's why I asked, thanks for the update. Hopefully we'll hear from others who may have been there more recently. I noticed that Barb's had a groupon deal last month and that's usually not a good sign. In the meantime, I'll drop it in my priorities.

            1. re: amyzan

              Now, see, I just don't understand why businesses start "screwing" with a good thing. I don't go that often, either; it seems like every time I'm there, regardless of time of day, they don't have much selection. And I've yet to have a bierock; they say you have to "call ahead to order." So much for spontaneity!