A global pandemic hasn’t stopped Eliza Bowman from opening a second Prohibition Pastries store.
Last February, after signing the lease for the location at 6168 Center Ave. in East Liberty, Bowman had to put his expansion plans on hold and find another way to sell his sweet and savory pies, cakes, cookies and alcohol-based bread. Ingredients. (The alcohol is burnt during the cooking process, leaving only the flavor that adults and children can enjoy.)
âA lot of the accounts I had gotten were from businesses that are now closed for good, foot traffic is gone, and I switched to a fully online pre-order system with curbside pickup,â Bowman said. âI had to put my staff on leave and in many ways it was like going back to square one – running the business on my own, working long and hard to make sure we weren’t forgotten. and that orders were still arriving. â
And while her home site at 7105 Reynolds Street in Point Breeze is temporarily closed, she’s busy baking treats like winter beer pies with pecans and rum and coconut in the new. 1,100 square foot space. A larger kitchen allows it to produce more wholesale treats and, once the Covid restrictions are lifted, allow customers to sit inside the cafe and on the outdoor patio.
All the basics are available: hand pies, pies, scones, sticky buns, muffins and brioche donuts – and she speeds up cookie and cupcake production.
Bowman expands the bread program to include sourdough, baguette, and poolish, a fermentation starter that enhances the flavor of bread and gives it a chewy texture. Traditional Scottish sausage rolls will also make their menu debut soon, along with Irish shortbread and Scottish oatcakes.
Since starting the business in 2017, Bowman has been brewing recipes that feature Wigle Whiskey, Bluecoat American Dry Gin, and Maggie’s Farm Rum. With many new breweries and distilleries popping up across Pittsburgh, she tries to cement new partnerships and add unique flavors to her food.
In the meantime, she is reaching out to frontline workers to give them a little help during long shifts. Through the Pay Next Campaign, customers can donate $ 25 (approx. 20 pastries) to $ 500 (approx. 300 pastries), which will then take turns delivered to the East Liberty Family Health Care Center, East Liberty Men’s Shelter, UPMC Shadyside, Village at Pennwood Senior Living and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.
âThe Pay It Forward program helps everyone: I can still take the money for the products I make, and we can give it to those doing the hardest jobs right now,â Bowman says.
People can also join Prohibition Pastries’ Club Pie, a monthly subscription service, and order a East End Survival Kit made up of fresh produce from the Bowman Company and four other food and beverage makers in the East End: Barmy Soda, Commonplace Coffee, East End Brewing and Black Radish Kitchen. Keep the goods or give them as a gift.
As the business grows and adapts, Bowman is even considering applying for a liquor license so that he can serve local beer and spirits with his alcohol infused treats. But she is not yet ready to take this photo.
âI think I have to make sure this business goes through the pandemic first,â she says. “So, you never know, cocktails and cupcakes?” “