Cream puff dreams: Hoops star's shop closes

Brian Zoubek in Dream Puffz, his shop in Haddonfield, in summer 2012. ELISE WRABETZ / Staff Photographer

Darn those cream puffs.

Light and delicious. But so hard to make, so perishable. And the business model? A tall order.

That did not deter Haddonfield's Brian Zoubek. Last year at age 24, the 7-foot-1 center on the Duke Blue Devils' 2010 NCAA championship team opened Dream Puffz, a shop dedicated solely to cream puffs.

It closed last week.

Zoubek did not return my call, but did leave a note on the door of the shop, reading, in part:

"We have sold over a hundred thousand cream puffs! I strongly encourage entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and invest in building a business they love. While I know there is a strong business potential of a cream puff-based shop, I have been presented with a terrific real estate opportunity that will require my full attention. After much contemplation, I have decided to close Dream Puffz to follow my growing interest in real estate and pursue another business opportunities."