We were delighted to learn that a new homegrown business, Potomac Pastry, launched here in Brookland just one month ago. One of the frequent complaints I hear about our neighborhood is that it is difficult to find high quality local baked goods such as birthday cakes. Well, the wait is over! We caught up with chef and owner Jamila Minniks to find out more about this great new addition to the neighborhood.
We have underestimated the demand and the @potomacpastry goodies are kicked! The good news is, we’ll be fully stocked tomorrow & from now on
— Zeke’s Coffee of DC (@ZekesCoffeeDC) July 12, 2014
I asked Jamila why she chose Brookland to base her business, and she said “about two years ago, I began dreaming about opening my own little pastry shop in Brookland. We are Brooklanders (her, her Boyfriend and dog), and it was just the perfect fit for us. So I began the long process of developing a business plan, conducting viability analyses, and recruiting a team of tasters. My dream is to be a great Brookland pastry shop…I want to build something that we can be proud of right here in our own neighborhood.” Well that sounds awesome! I am not surprised to hear from Jamila that “the response from Brookland has been amazing!…I am constantly humbled by the outpouring of support that we’ve received. People seem genuinely happy to see us becoming a part of the neighborhood. I even have a few customers who are vying for us to open a physical space close to where they live so that they can visit us regularly! I’m so thrilled to have the chance to open something special right here in the neighborhood.”