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When Harry Coleman and his wife Michelle opened Charlotte Bakery in 1996, they knew who to go to for advice: Harry's grandmother. Gladys Jofre had owned bakeries in Chile and Venezuela since the 60s, so she had a lot more to tell them than just how to greet customers and balance the books. For starters, she also taught them how to make the perfect empanada—a savory pastry bursting with fillings such as beef and cheese. In fact, Gladys was one of the first bakers to offer Venezuelan and Chilean empanadas side by side, and Harry and Michelle continue her tradition by selling four varieties. Along with making Venezuelan empanadas, which feature fried corn meal, and oven-baked Chilean empanadas, the duo also crafts thin, flakey Argentinean variations and Columbian versions made with yellow corn meal.
Empanadas aren't the only draw here, though. The bakery also features a full arepa bar brimming with flatbreads, as well as a number of sweet treats, including tres leches cake. Gladys's advice, it seems, has paid off, as the bakery's virtuosically-crafted assortment of goodies has earned attention from Food Network Magazine, the Miami Herald, The Cooking Channel, and Telemundo.