We had the good fortune of connecting with Mandi Kudrna and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mandi, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The concept for Dough-Nation Non-Profit bakery started with a desire to be creative in the kitchen but with no real outlet. Many people like myself enjoy baking in their free time but do not have an excuse to do so. The idea of finding a GOOD reason to bake began to grow when I reached out to a few family members and close friends and asked them if they would be interested in baking for fun and selling the goods to raise money for local charities. The response I received was overwhelming and almost overnight a small group gathered to brainstorm and create what is now Dough-Nation.
 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Our community of bakers are volunteers and the majority of them have creative day jobs. When we come together one thing is for sure, whatever we decide to put out there next, it’s going to look good. This talented group of designers come to the table with a different take on baking and we have fun doing it. We enjoy challenging costume orders and working closely with our customers to bring their ideas to life. By day I myself work in the apparel industry and have a background in graphic design/product development. My time as a designer has taught me a LOT and I have been able to carry over a lot of those lessons/best practices to Dough-Nation. Our mission is simple, we bake, you enjoy and together we can make the world a little bit sweeter.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to my favorite places in eat in DFW, Twisted Root for the best burgers, Serious Pizza in Deep Ellum, Toyota Music Factory in Irving for a variety of good food in a fun atmosphere, YO Ranch in Westin, Johnathans in Dallas for Brunch, Emporium pies in Bishop arts for dessert. Main Street in Grapevine for wine tasting and of course Whirly Ball in Hurst for some friendly competition.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dough-Nation would not be what it is today without the efforts of our team members/bakers, Ty Kudrna, Irma Lopez, Avelina Lopez, Jessica Romero, Karen Bingman, Dorthy Kudrna, Sarah Larussa, Ivy Moore, Maria Rodriguez, Dawn Wulff, Kennedy Lopez and Serena Lopez. A Special thank you to Trinity Church in Cedar Hill for believing in our mission and becoming our first customer; and to our Pop-up Partners, 1846 Coffee in Cedar Hill, Melbys coffee and tea house in Watauga and Milo Butterfingers in Dallas.

Website: https://www.dough-nationdfw.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doughnationdfw/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandi-kudrna-5831b315

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoughNationDFW

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