Beloved Houston-area online bakery rises with new brick-and-mortar location
Fans of Water Oak House's tasty cakes and pies: rejoice. Formerly only available online, the business is set to open a brick-and-mortar location this April in the Baybrook Passage Shopping Center at at 19435 W. Bay Area Blvd. in Webster.
The 3,000-plus-square-foot location is directly across from the Baybrook Mall, according to the company.
Owner Dena Baughman is no stranger to entrepreneurial efforts. Prior to Water Oak House, she ran the successful brick-and-mortar Dena's Bakery, a tea room in Baytown, as well as home catering company, Dinner Any Thyme. Water Oak House launched in 2014.
The new locale will feature longtime Water Oak House favorites, along with new items for breakfast and lunch that offer a modern take on classic dishes. Look for selections such as full-sized and multilayered cakes, seasonal pies, cookies and quiches.
Breakfast selections include egg-forward dishes, such as country ham eggs Benedict, Meyer lemon avocado toast, and a maple sausage and white cheddar breakfast sandwich, along with shrimp and grits, brioche French toast, and peaches and cream overnight oats.
Guests will also find options such as a curried chicken salad sandwich, black pepper bacon BLT salad, and Texas chili on the lunch menu.
Baughman has chronicled the journey to her new space on the Water Oak House website, including details about the planning process, consulting meetings, ideas for menu items, and more. Austin-based interior designer Kim Lewis, responsible for the vibrant looks of Torchy’s Tacos at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Kesos Tacos in Austin, Tellers Coffee in Chicago, and other projects, has been tapped to design the space.
Baybrook Passage is owned by the Gulf Coast Commercial Group. In a statement announcing the project, the organization's COO was excited to welcome Water Oak House to the development, calling Baughman's business "the first truly boutique business" in the center since Gulf Coast purchased it last year.