There was a line waiting in Regent Square this morning when Vanilla Pastry Studio opened its doors at its new home at 1130 S. Braddock Ave.
We told you back in December that the popular place was moving from East Liberty.
For months neighbors have been watching the undeveloped storefront transform into the sunny and airy bakery accented with pink and green chandeliers.
That's owner April Gruver, aka the sugar fairy, at right, the front counter, which is topped with a pink espresso machine.
She closed up her East Liberty store last Saturday, and is excited about her new spot that offers free parking and room for pastry classes. It’s also a quick commute for her as she lives in Edgewood, one of the communities that make up Regent Square.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Sunday.
Other than a little glitch with using credit cards this morning, operations seem to be going smoothly.
Regent Square still is awaiting the opening of the 61B coffee shop (named after the Port Authority bus line on Braddock Avenue), which has taken the spot of Katerbean up the street. The location is being gutted and is slated to open in mid-June.
Virginia Linn photos