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‘Organic, sustainable Central District bakery’ Shikorina Pastries ready for new start on Capitol Hill

(Image: Shikorina Pastries)

(Image: Shikorina Pastries)

Shikorina Pastries is moving to E Pike.

It is a bittersweet change for pastry-maker Hana Yohannes who says she is leaving the E Union space where Shikorina was born three years ago with connections to the CD but optimism in putting the personal and business challenges of the old building behind.

“Now that our building is selling, it’s come time to find a new space,” Yohannes says. “We had been looking for a while and it was a huge relief when I found the space at Broadway and Pike. I put everything I have into acquiring the space and I’m so excited for this fresh start with a longer lease.”

With a hoped-for boost from a community fundraiser, Yohannes is planning to reopen Shikorina any day now on E Pike in the space left empty by the recent exit of Portland vegan Jewish deli chain Ben and Esther’s.

Replacing the Ben and Esther’s red with the purple and lavender glow of Shikorina, Yohannes will now bring her bakeshop and cafe to center of Pike/Pine. CHS talked with the business owner here in 2022 about her dedication to community and sustainability and the boost she received from the Pastry Project, a Seattle baking and pastry training program that creates economic opportunity for individuals with barriers to employment. “I think the nice thing about food, no matter what culture you come from, I think food is known to bring people together,” Yohannes told CHS about her approach.

Shikorina’s creations, meanwhile, join the mix of craft sweet tooth offerings around Pike/Pine including the amazing walk-up indulgences at the R&M Dessert Bar counter just down the street. For those with more savory leanings, another great bakery with community and cultural intentions has opened on E Pine where Piroshki on 3rd has moved-in and become Pinoyshki Bakery and Cafe.

(Image: Shikorina Pastries)

At Shikorina, Yohannes has been tackling much of the renovation by herself and has been raising funding with the community giving drive. Purchasing digital gift cards is another way you can help give Shikorina a cash boost to its opening in the new neighborhood.

The baker hopes for new opportunities on E Pike while also staying connected to old friends.

“While the new space offers us more stability and opportunities, we’re really going to miss being in the Central District,” she writes. “It’s been a difficult goodbye and we hope to keep strong ties in the neighborhood. I hope to see your familiar faces at our new shop.”

Shikorina Pastries is now located at 907 E Pike. Learn more at shikorinaseattle.com.

 

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Safetyfirst
Safetyfirst
5 months ago

This is great news for the neighborhood! I am eager to see the offerings, and I assume coffee drinks are on the menu.

saha
saha
5 months ago

Welcome Shikorina! Loved the cozy Union spot, and can’t wait to stop by your new location on Pike :)

E15 resitdent
E15 resitdent
5 months ago

WONDERFUL! Welcome to the neighborhood

Jason
Jason
5 months ago

Looks like a great place!