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At the New Black Jet Baking Company, Heavenly Pastries Fall to Earth

Baker Gillian Shaw puts down roots in a Bernal Heights storefront.

Cake from Black Jet Baking Company


Seven years after Gillian Shaw began turning out her habit-forming spins on Pop-Tarts, Oreos, and Nutter Butters—as well as some of the best pies ever seen in the state of California—her Black Jet Baking Company has finally found a storefront to call its own.

This month, the previously wholesale-only bakery will open its doors in Bernal Heights in a spot with a storied past: It
 was previously occupied by Sandbox Bakery and then Pinkie’s. “There’s this great baker vibe going in there,” Shaw says.

When her bakery debuts, expect a roster of Black Jet staples as well as raspberry bran and blueberry corn muffins baked in tribute to Bernal’s late Liberty Cafe. Once things get going, Shaw also plans to debut croissants, bread, sticky buns, and savory breakfast sandwiches.

Though she’ll keep wholesaling through Good Eggs and Luke’s Local, the baker is happy to finally plant her flag. “It seems gigantic,” she says of the space. “We’re used to renting two tables. So for us, it’s just a dream spot.”

833 Cortland Ave. (at Gates St.) 

Originally published in the March issue of
San Francisco 

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