January 06, 2012
When keeping it local, it is nice to know more about the person behind the business. Meet Karen "Kay" Williams, owner of Dane's Dessert Cafe. Although Karen has always been passionate about cooking, there's more to this savvy business woman than meets the eye.
What many may not know is that Dane's leading lady is also a Web Application Developer and presently works for a major Health Insurance company. She hails from Jamaica but migrated to Canada after finishing high school. There, she attended college at DeVry Toronto then transferred to DeVry Columbus.
Karen says what brought her to the District is the lifestyle and culture of the community. The allure of the people and the camaraderie in the community made Karen want to share in the unique Short North experience. With her business, she is adding to the culture by bringing a new concept which carries an internationally focused and exquisite dessert selection. Dane's opened it's doors on October 25, 2011 and they have brought casual dining at its best to the Short North.
The business concept came from Karen's daughter, Kadian Guthrie, who stumbled upon something similar in Toronto. However, it is the warmth and spirit of Karen that makes Dane's so welcoming. Karen draws her inspiration from many different sources. She jokes, "my pet Cockatiel, Gary, inspires me each morning with his loud, happy chirps." Karen's youngest daughter, Camille, age 7, also brings energy to her life. "Camille performs for “Skate for Hope “ and is the youngest of four children; she keeps me young by encouraging me to ice skate," Karen says. Karen now ice skates and plays recreational soccer to keep fit. Her son, Dane, is also an inspiration. Seeing his growth over the years as a special needs child motivated Karen to acknowledge his achievements by naming the business after him.
When not at Dane’s you can find Karen volunteering at one of her children’s schools, skating at Chiller Dublin, or enjoying a game of soccer. She can also be found dining out at some of her favorite restaurants such as Cap City for their rolls and Happy Greek for their Gyros. Karen enjoys spending time with the family going bowling or to a movie, traveling, throwing BBQ's' and hanging out with friends.
Karen says she feels fortunate to be in a family of great cooks and enjoyed watching and helping her mother, sisters and older brothers prepare superb meals over the years. As years passed by, older siblings left home and it was Karen's turn to take center stage. At the age of twelve, Karen was the only girl left among five brothers so she started "cooking up a storm.”
Now that you know about the woman behind the business, come experience Karen's great cooking at Dane's Dessert Cafe. Try her favorite, the "Rock My Boat" crepe, or any of the other fine delicacies on the Dane's menu!