Vanilla Pastry Studio, one of Pittsburgh’s favorite bakeries, is moving to Regent Square's business district.
April Gruver, aka “sugar fairy” and owner of the bakery in East Liberty that’s known far and wide for its luscious cupcakes, posted the announcement on her Facebook page:
“There are often tough decisions to be made in even the sweetest of businesses ... [W]hile we will be somewhat sad to leave our current home in East Liberty, we are thrilled to announce that beginning in early spring Vanilla will be located in Regent Square.”
She’ll be moving into a 2,000-square-foot, street-level space that's in municipality of Swissvale — with a dozen parking spaces. The space was created when Ann Davis, owner of the specialized lighting store Typhoon, tripled the size of her building at the corner of Sanders and Braddock Avenue in 2011. The upstairs of the new wing is occupied by M. Davis Group, her husband Martin’s industrial auction and appraisal company. He said more than a year ago that although he has been approached by many businesses, he was looking for the tenant that not only would be right for his building but also the neighborhood.
Regent Square’s last bakery, Sweetie Sweetie, located across Braddock Avenue in Edgewood, closed in 2007.
Ms. Gruver said she’s thrilled to be across the street from her “beloved Square Cafe” and said the space would allow for “new and exciting elements ... including space to offer cupcake decorating parties.”
This would be the third move for Ms. Gruver, a former pastry chef at the Duquesne Club. She had started in the West End and moved to East Liberty in May 2008, when this photo was taken. You can follow developments at www.facebook.com/pages/Vanilla-Pastry-Studio.
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