South Side residents will now have a spot to hit up when their sweet teeth ring.
The neighborhood, which has been without a bakery, is the latest area to get a Dozen Bake Shop of its very own.
"We're always asking residents what they'd like to see come to the South Side, and the first thing they always say is a bakery," says Jennifer Strang with South Side Local Development Company. "We have lots of little coffee shops, but no one producing their own treats. Dozen will be a welcome addition."
Dozen, which opened its first shop almost four years ago, also has locations in Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, Downtown's Cultural District and in the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side. It will be opening its fifth location in early November at 1509 E. Carson St., which has been vacant for the last several years.
The cozy South Side storefront is near Amazing Yoga, the Carson Street Deli and E House, which sells natural household products, recycled accessories and gifts, and other eco-friendly items. Dozen's new shop is located directly adjacent to the Beneficial Building, which has been undergoing a $4 million renovation over the last five years. The Beneficial Building won an Historic Preservation Award this year from the City of Pittsburgh and the Historic Review Commission, and will soon be home to the South Side Local Development Company, which is planning a late fall/early winter move.
Dozen's South Side shop will offer similar goodies to its Downtown location (brunch is still a Lawrenceville-only treat), and seating in the 555-square-foot space will be limited.
Dozen now has about 25 employees across the city, says Andew Twigg, who owns Dozen with James Gray
Writer: Caralyn Green
Sources: Jennifer Strang, South Side Local Development Company; Andrew Twigg, Dozen
Photograph copyright Brian Cohen