Are you a fan of chocolate salted-caramel cakes, oatmeal cream pies, and savory scones? Then we’ve got some good news for you!
350° Bakery, a small-batch bakery in Pittsburgh, is in the process of opening their first retail location. Currently 350°’s baked goods can be found at Big Dog Coffee, Piper’s Pub, Black Forge Coffee, Arriviste Coffee Bar, Constellation Coffee, and many other spots around the city. Starting this summer, you’ll be able to get all of their sweet treats and savory items under one roof.
The company operates out of a tire shop-turned-kitchen on 18th Street in the Southside Slopes. Until now, the space has solely been used for production, but 350° plans to transform the front portion of the building into a tiny retail space.
The shop will be open for grab-and-go orders from morning to early afternoon. Guests can expect to see biscuit sandwiches, savory scones, hand pies, and plenty of sweet treats on the menu. In the beginning the bakery plans to serve a limited breakfast selection, but there is potential for other items, like soups and sandwiches, in the future.
Because the building will remain the main production space for the company, the retail space will have limited seating, featuring a small counter with stools.
350° has been operating in Pittsburgh for several years. Owners and best friends, Janie Crawford and Barb Reale, have been baking together since middle school. Reale has worked at Piper’s Pub in the South Side for 12 years. Over time, Reale and Crawford began baking cookies and cakes for the pub. They were a quick hit, and soon enough they were baking the desserts for the restaurant.
Through word of mouth, tales of 350°’s tantalizing treats spread across the city. Fast forward a few years, and the company now has wholesale clients across Pittsburgh and in Washington D.C.
Although they started with cakes, the majority of the products they now make are breakfast items for coffee shops. The 350° team is excited bake for a shop of their own.
“We just liked baking,” says Crawford. “With wholesale, you never get to see people eat your stuff. It will be nice to meet our customers.”
350° specializes in wholesale orders and event catering for everything from small, casual events, to showers and weddings.
“We focus on classic treats that you had when when you’re a kid,” says Crawford.
Included on this list are flaky pies, layer cakes, fudgy brownies, cookie sandwiches. And, if you’re looking to work with 350°, the company does offer delivery for their baked goods.
350° Bakery plans to open later this summer. More information can be found online.
350° Bakery (2427 S 18th)