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Grandview Bakery and Sweet Shop opens in Mount Washington

Grandview Bakery and Sweet Shop opened last week in Mount Washington, with hopes of becoming a one-stop-shop destination for all things baking. Owned by Vickie Pisowicz, the bakery offers artisan breads, cakes, chocolate and candy.

The shop fills a retail/service gap in the community, as identified by residents nearly two years ago.  The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation polled residents on what type of business they felt was lacking in the neighborhood, and a bakery was the overwhelming response.  In their monthly newsletter, the organization put out a call to entrepreneurs, looking for someone interested in opening a bakery.

Pisowicz answered that call, not only as a Mount Washington resident, but an experienced baker who at that moment was looking to open her own shop.

"We now have a beautiful bakery that filled in a niche in our business mix," says Greg Panza, program manager for the MWCDC.

The offerings at Grandview are extensive.  Breads include baguettes, challah, focaccia; pumpkin, cranberry orange, and banana nut quick breads; cinnamon spice, banana pecan, and chocolate chip muffins; coconut macaroons, pies, cookies, croissants, and more.

Panza say his organization worked with Pisowicz and the Urban Redevelopment Authority in the URA’s Best Fit and Storefront Renovation Programs (SRP).  The Best Fit program pairs entrepreneurs with architects to locate which buildings match the spatial needs of a future business, and the SRP provides matching funds for façade improvements.

Grandview Bakery and Sweet Shop, located at 225 Shiloh Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  412-251-0811.

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Greg Panza
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