Thanksgiving preparation begins early for business owners Ali Rudel and Ben Filippo. This entrepreneurial pair runs East Durham Bake Shop and will set up a Thanksgiving holiday PopUp @ American Tobacco from November 5th-21st and they’ve already begun taking orders.

Pies, Pastries & Local Coffee

Ali and Ben’s passions for meticulously crafting handmade baked goods and serving the local community will go hand-in-hand this holiday season. The shop will be serving handmade pies from its Thanksgiving menu, freshly baked pastries, Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, organic tea, and fresh bottled juice. Customers will be able to preorder baked goods for Thanksgiving or enjoy slices and pastries in-shop.

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East Durham Bake Shop
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About East Durham Bake Shop

East Durham Bake Shop started in 2015 as a one-person operation selling whole pies to order and hand pies to local cafes. The duo turned their dream of opening a storefront in Old East Durham into a reality this spring. The shop offers a variety of handmade and seasonally inspired pastries from croissants, cookies, and scones to sweet and savory pies. With a focus on using local North Carolina produce, East Durham Bake Shop believes in spending its food dollars locally whenever possible.

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“Pie carries deep family and cultural traditions, and therefore so many wonderful memories for a lot of people,” says Ali. “We often hear people tell stories about their parents, relatives and those who have since passed away when we talk to them about pie. It’s a food that changes depending on what we have in abundance and brings people a specific happiness.”

“Durham, especially its small business owners and entrepreneurs, is filled with such enthusiastic and creative people who have always made us feel welcome, loved and supported,” says Ali. “We are proud to be a part of this community and to be able to provide a little slice of happiness this Thanksgiving.”

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The East Durham Pie PopUp space will be open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thanksgiving orders can be placed over the phone at (919) 957-1090 during regular business hours or in person at either the Bake Shop or the PopUp.

Katelyn Belch
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