ABOUT US

Our Products

We are a cozy, independently-owned shop in East Durham offering handmade baked goods, locally roasted coffee and espresso beverages, organic teas, and simple soups and salads made with fresh local produce.

We do all of our baking in-house and encourage you to stop by and see us at work in the kitchen. We work with locally sourced fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy and as such we take great care in doing all of our baking by hand. We use hand tools to carefully mix, roll and portion all of our baked goods, preparing our fillings from whole fruits and vegetables and avoiding the use of machinery that would give us less direct control over the quality of our products. Our goal is that our end products reflect the careful attention to detail that we put in to all of our work, and pay homage to the hardworking folks who provide us with our ingredients.

Our Practices

Just Because

Visitors may notice a bulletin board next to the register known as our “Just Because” board. Every person who walks through our doors is welcome to take a card from this board to exchange at the counter for a treat. These cards are purchased by visitors to our shop and dedicated to others as small acts of kindness. Let us know on your next visit if you’d like to make a purchase to pass along to someone else!

Local Sourcing

We are committed to sustainability and an attention to detail that honors the people behind the products we use. We believe in spending our food dollars locally whenever possible and working with local farmers, producers and suppliers in Durham, the Triangle and greater South including Funny Girl FarmOpen Door FarmKalawi Farms, Pee Dee Orchard, Wild Scallions FarmEver Laughter FarmBlue Merle Farm, Quarry Dog Farm, Deal Orchard, Levering OrchardWaterdog Farms, Lil Farm, Maple Spring Gardens, Bluebird Meadows, Harland’s Creek Farm, Southwind ProduceSEEDSSlingshot Coffee Company, Resistor BrewsBrothers VigalysLatta’s Egg Ranch, Boxcarr Handmade CheeseHomeland CreameryMaple View FarmWoodfruit, Orchid Island Juice CompanyEastern Carolina Organics, and Farmer Foodshare.

Tea & Coffee

We have the unique opportunity as a Durham-based business to work with local companies when it comes to tea and coffee. We have partnered with Counter Culture Coffee and are delighted to highlight other small, local roasters committed to direct sourcing and sustainability. We’ve also partnered with two women-owned local businesses for the teas in our shop. You’ll find both Jeddah’s Tea and Arteao featured on our tea menu for loose leaf tea, matcha products and specialty tea lattes.

Reducing Waste

As a local business we want to be conscious of the amount of waste we’re leaving behind, so we’re working in partnership with Compost Now to divert our food waste to be commercially composted, and to make sure that all of the the packaging and products sold out of our shop are either compostable or recyclable.

Living Wage

Part of sustainability, for us, is about quality of life for our employees. We are a Durham Living Wage Project Certified Employer, meaning that although we are a very new business, we are committed to paying all of our employees a living wage and offering paid time off. And as we continue to grow our business we’re committed to growing the benefits we offer to employees as well.

Our History

Our business started in 2015 as a small one-person operation owned by Ali Rudel called East Durham Pie Company. From a certified home kitchen, she offered whole pies for delivery and handpies at shops in Durham and around the Triangle. When she started offering slices at pop up shops around town she realized that a storefront in East Durham could be a real possibility. Since then we’ve earned ourselves a reputation for making the Best Pie in Durham, and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to open a neighborhood cafe.

Finding the right space in our neighborhood took a while! We settled on a beautiful, hundred year old building in the heart of Old East Durham, but we had a lot to do. The space required a complete overhaul and all new systems. It was a long process, but we were delighted to open the doors of our shop in late March of 2018. Ali’s partner, Ben, has since joined the team full time to make this a family-run business, and with the help of an incredibly talented team they have been working on expanding our menu to offer a wide variety of baked goods, beverages and simple lunch items that highlight the produce that is seasonally available here in North Carolina.

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Hours

Wednesday-Sunday 8am-2pm

Closed Monday-Tuesday

(919) 957-1090
(919) 600-9261