• Dorothy’s Sweet Shoppe Debuts Upgraded Lincoln Square Storefront, Classrooms

    The renovated space on Lincoln Avenue includes kitchen equipment donated by Sophie Evanoff, owner of pastry shop Vanille.

    by Alex V Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / September 17, 2021

    LINCOLN SQUARE — Dorothy’s Sweet Shoppe has overhauled its Lincoln Square space with help from a Chicago-based nonprofit and pastry shop Vanille.

    The bakery, 4925 N. Lincoln Ave., is run by nonprofit Gateway To Learning, which provides learning opportunities to adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities from Chicago and neighboring suburbs. 

    Around the time Gateway received a grant from the Coleman Foundation to renovate the bakery, Sophie Evanoff was closing her Vanille locations in Lakeview and Hyde Park. Instead of putting the commercial-grade kitchen equipment in storage, Evanoff decided to “turn lemons into lemonade” and donate several appliances to Gateway.

    “Nothing is closer to my heart than helping others, and this was just another way to brighten someone else’s day,” Evanoff said. Read more HERE



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