The development digging in around 23rd and Union means a lot of change for this part of the Central District. It will also mean opportunities for creators like Josh Grunig.
The Bay Area transplant, father, and, now, entrepreneurial baker is keeping his place in the Central District warm with Saturday pop-ups full of the sourdough bread, pluot hand pies, parmesan sage scones, cinnamon rolls, tamale muffins, pistachio shortbread, birthday cake, and mallow flake cookies of the Pocket Bakery.
“There’s a huge amount of opportunity around Union,” Grunig says. “It’s really an opportunity for me to be in a real neighborhood.”
For now, you’ll find Pocket on Saturdays inside the new location of Magpie, the toy and clothes shop that moved off 18th and around the corner to 2002 E Union. This Saturday, Magpie celebrates its third anniversary and grand re-opening from 11 AM to 2 PM. And, yes, Pocket will be there.
Grunig tells CHS he has been baking for eight years. He worked at a Napa bakery and ran a shop in Palo Alto before coming to Seattle and working at Grand Central. After a few years as a stay at home dad, Grunig says getting back into the commercial kitchen where he rents space is invigorating. He’s also eager to put his style of baking and knowledge of special diets — vegans will love his sourdough — and quality ingredients in front of hungry patrons.
“It’s as much about meeting the neighborhood as it is selling something,” he said.
The Eastlake resident and his family hope to eventually make the neighborhood their home. At that point, Grunig hopes he’ll be able to walk to work inside his own Central District bakery.
“My longterm goal is to find a brick and mortar home,” he said.
With his hopes of creating a product that, um, rises above, um, run of the mill breads and baked goods from big chains or big grocery stores, Grunig also said he’s glad to make Seattle his home.
“It’s a good place to be a baker who values good flour,” he said.
Pocket Bakery’s pop-ups are held every Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM inside Magpie at 2002 E Union. You can learn more and watch for the latest menus at facebook.com/pocketbakeryseattle.