Small Business Highlight: Small Oven Pastry Shop

January 26, 2023
Photo: Michael Persico

At Spruce Street Commons, we’re all about supporting our local community and small businesses. We’re excited to highlight a neighborhood staple that tastes as good as it looks. Small Oven Pastry Shop is a speciality bakery and cafe serving up all things baked goods, sweet treats, and coffee. This bakery has crafted award winning savory and sweet creations that have been featured on TLC’s Cake Boss, The Food Network, and many notable Philadelphia publications. Keep reading to see why we, like most Philadelphians, are obsessed with Small Oven Pastry Shop and why you should check it out.

Photo: Small Oven Pastry Shop

Not Your Average Bakery

Throughout Philadelphia you’ll find a hundreds of coffee shops and bakeries—but none like Small Oven Pastry Shop. This quirky one-of-a-kind pastry shop and cafe is nestled in the Southwest area of Center City, next to Porco’s Porchetteria on Washington Ave. Small Oven Pastry Shop has just about everything to satisfy your sweet tooth from buttery croissants to macaroons and pound cake, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Executive Chef/Owner Chad Durkin opened Small Oven Pastry Shop in December of 2019 with the goal of creating approachable, nostalgic, and beautiful treats. All the pastries are made in house with diverse styles and offerings from modern to classic. Here you’ll find everyday staples like chocolate chip cookies to innovative treats like bitter orange and spiced almond galette. Other than pastries, Small Oven Pastry Shop also has an extensive beverage program with locally sourced coffee, fresh-squeezed juices and tea.

Notable Awards & Mentions

It’s no surprise that Small Oven Pastry Shop always sells out of items or has a line out the door. This speciality pastry shop has been recognized as one of “The Best Places to go for Cookies in Philly” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and won Best of Philly for soft serve by Philly Magazine in 2022. Everything tastes just as delicious as it looks. Plus, a majority of the menu is made to accommodate a variety of allergies and food sensitivities like the nut-free and flourless brownie cookie for example.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Small Oven Pastry Shop is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am-6:00pm (or until they sell out). You can’t miss ‘em, just look for the bright blue storefront at the intersection of Washington Avenue and S 22nd Street. View the pastry menu here and order online for pickup or delivery.