A new and independently owned bakery founded by a local father-daughter duo plans a soft launch this week near the University of Dayton campus.
“Partial to Pie Bakery” is gearing up to open at 200 Shroyer Road, at the intersection of Shroyer and Wilmington Pike. The space previously housed AAA Stripping and Refinishing, but it had been vacant for several years.
The grand opening will take place in August, co-founder Marie Clark told us. The opening date has been pushed back from an earlier projected date of July 27.
The retail bakery will provide both dine-in and carry-out services, specializing in pies, quiche and sweet treats, according to co-founders Marie Clark and her father Mike Clark, both of Kettering.
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“Our pies and quiche will be fresh-made using local ingredients and suppliers, including local milk, cheese and butter,” Marie Clark said.
Mike Clark started making fruitcakes from a family recipe 25 years ago, and the fruitcakes proved to be so popular that he started selling them.
“I remember helping my dad make them when I was a child,” Marie Clark said.
Soon, the baking family was producing sweet treats for the South Slavic Club of Dayton for events such as A World A’Fair, and later starting making apple bread, pies and fritters for the Aullwood Apple Fest.
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Marie enrolled at Sinclair Community College, graduating recently with a business/entrepreneurship degree. As part of her course studies, she created a business plan for a bakery that became the blueprint and foundation for Partial to Pie.
The 1,500-square-foot bakery will offer seating for 20 to 25 “for those who want to come in for breakfast or lunch, order a slice of quiche, and have a glass of local milk or juice or a cup of coffee with it,” Mike Clark said.
“We will make all of our pies right here,” Marie Clark said. Recent “test pies” included a Very Veggie Quiche,a Fancy Ham & Swiss Quiche (with prosciutto), and a Banana Cream Pie.
The shop will serve coffee from Reza’s Roast, a coffee roastery based in Fairborn that is building out a new location on Wayne Avenue near downtown Dayton.
After its grand opening, Partial to Pie Bakery’s hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.