Husband-and-wife team Olga and Ben opened their doors in summer 2008 to the Polkadots Cupcake Factory — (a dream project) located at 2826 Rio Grande Street (at the intersection of 28 ½ Street and Rio Grande) in a house built in 1908.
Ben graduated from the McCombs School of Business then worked at Dell as a techie rescuing servers. Like many people, he’s always wanted to start his own business, and one day, he was driving by the location of a burger joint that he used to work at called Rockets. There was a for-rent sign on the window, so he called Olga and told her we had found the location for the shop. It still has the original beam ceilings, tiles in the bathroom floor, along with other old-school features hidden inside the walls.
Olga graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cockrell School of Engineering, then continued her education at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, CA. Olga moved back to Austin and took on a day job working with major consulting firm Accenture. While working for the firm was rewarding in its own right, she wanted to do something that she could be truly passionate about.
While working for the firm during the day, at nights, she experimented with different recipes and developed delicious pastries. After few years of being a corporate excel monkey by day, baker by night, she decided to ditch her button down suits and high heels to put on her aprons full time to create fun, whimsical cookies, cupcakes, macarons, and cakes, which became Polkadots cupcakes.