Even though Charlotte Bakery opened in March of 1996, its history can be traced back to the1960s when Gladys Jofre opened her first bakery back in her hometown of Santiago, Chile. Named 7UP, Jofre learned plenty about the bakery business before deciding to move to Caracas, Venezuela where she opened Rapa Nui in the early ’80s.
This is where Jofre changed the traditional bakery business by integrating baked goods from different countries all at one location. She was the first in Venezuela to sell traditional Venezuelan empanadas alongside Chilean empanadas. Jofre opened Charlotte to much fanfare as there was no Hispanic-European bakery located in South Beach in the mid '90s.
Today Jofre's grandson, Harry Coleman helps continue the family tradition of excellence alongside Jofre.
Harry, head baker and chef, was trained by his father, Master Chef Philip Coleman, who has worked in the family bakeries since Venezuela.
Charlotte Bakery has been featured in Food Network Magazine, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times and many other publications. On TV, Charlotte has been featured on Telemundo, Cooking Channel and Plum TV.
At Charlotte, we use no high fructose syrup in any of our doughs and buy only USDA Choice Meats.
Soon, Empanada Harry's Bakery and Cafe, will open in Miami near Kendall as a sister bakery to Charlotte. Harry's wife, Michelle, runs Harry's. The address is 4009 SW 152nd Ave.