Photography courtesy of Sean Berry

Soon, there will only be one place in Dallas to buy Val’s Cheesecakes.

The bakery announced that it’s closing The Shack, the small place on Maple Avenue that opened in 2015, on Nov. 21, which is owner Valery Jean-Bart’s birthday.

“The decision was not an easy one, but this change will help us put more energy, focus and balance into our ventures that will benefit you, our adored customers,” the baker said in an email.

The Shack was the first storefront where Jean-Bart sold his cheesecakes and the only storefront until he opened The Shop on Greenville Avenue in 2017.

And he said closing The Shack will allow the business to put a larger emphasis on expanding its customer base, providing more accessible means of purchasing the cheesecakes and “dully experiencing the Val’s Cheesecakes Brand at our new baking hub opening in the near future.”

Val’s sells a variety of cheesecakes by the slice, in jars or as whole cakes.

“Now more than ever, the words love, grace, dignity and respect need to echo and take greater meanings within and outside of the walls of our cheesecake business,” Jean-Bart wrote.

Last year, Jean-Bart collected masks, hand sanitizer and water to give to protestors who organized following George Floyd’s death.



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