The Pastry Factory’s owner Allyson Blackwell began baking as a child. Her passion for baking brought her to obtain a culinary arts degree from Sullivan University, which led to a career in the restaurant industry as a Sous Chef, Pastry Chef, and Head Baker. Outside of the kitchen, Blackwell also has experience as a restaurant manager and as a retail manager.
The Pastry Factory was founded in 2012 and, what started out as a part-time home-based bakery, allowed Blackwell to combine and build upon her vast experience in the culinary arts. When the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns caused Blackwell to lose her position as a café manager, she decided to take the leap and make The Pastry Factory a full-time gig. The Pastry Factory participated in the North Market Farmers’ Market downtown last summer, followed by winter pop-ups inside the Market. The Pastry Factory is dedicated to making delicious, unique desserts. Everything is made from scratch with the finest ingredients available to ensure the best quality and taste come through.
“We’re excited to be joining the diverse family of merchants at the North Market downtown,” said Blackwell. “When we were welcomed with open arms last summer at the farmers’ market, we knew we had found a great place to call home.”
The Pastry Factory specializes in delicious gourmet desserts & pastries for sophisticated palates. The Pastry Factory’s products include gourmet cupcakes, tarts, French pastries, cookies, cookie sandwiches, brownies, pies, and cakes. Flavors rotate regularly, and seasonal and holiday items are also available. Customers can choose from gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free options as well.
“Allyson has gone from farmers’ market to pop-up vendor, and now permanent merchant,” said North Market’s Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe. “We can’t wait to have The Pastry Factory’s unique treats on a regular basis. Allyson a natural fit for the Market!”
The Pastry Factory will occupy the stall between Stauf’s Coffee Roasters and Green Olive Company, across from Barrel & Boar. The Pastry Factory will begin construction on their new space in the coming weeks with plans to open this Spring. An announcement will follow when an opening date is finalized.
In operation since 1876, North Market has made it its mission to provide an authentic Columbus, Ohio experience with local merchants, farmers, and makers serving the community and its visitors. As central Ohio’s oldest public market, North Market highlights the diversity and vibrancy of the community, both economically and culturally by promoting and incubating “best-in-class” local, independent businesses.