Le Dolce Vita Patisserie pastry and donut shop will host its grand opening at 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at 55 E. Oak St.

Owner Kelly Evans, 31, was first inspired to create pastries during her time as a corporate flight attendant.

“When my travels took me to Europe, I’d make it a point to visit the local bakeries and patisseries to sample their amazing creations and to talk to owners about their recipes and businesses,” Evans said.

Evans did not attend a pastry school, and is a self taught baker.

“I watch a lot of Food Network,” Evans said. “And I’ve always baked.”

On the Le Dolce Vita Patisserie menu is French macarons, doughnuts, muffins, scones, cupcakes, cake and coffee drinks.

Evans said that she originally planned to only serve the finest French pastries at her shop in Zionsville. 

“I was looking for a place that would understand pastries,” Evans said.  “Zionsville has a mature palette.”

But after passing out free samples during last year’s Fall Festival and Zionsville Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Evans said many people told her she should also serve donuts although her self-proclaimed specialty are traditional French macarons.

“They are distinctly different from the traditional coconut macaroon,” Evans said. “They are a temperamental, yet melt in your mouth sweet sensation.”

It’s hard to find fresh handmade macarons. I’ve tasted plenty of frozen ones from around the Midwest and that’s why I want to bring this fresh, French pastry to Indiana.”

Evans said she will offer samples and special deals during the shop’s grand opening.

Shop hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sundays.

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