Update: ‘Soft open’ day begins for Heavenly Pastry in West Seattle

That’s Heavenly Pastry‘s Allison Barnes with a basket of her already-legendary pretzels – which they sold at farmers’ markets, among other places, before opening their own retail store at 2604 California SW as of noon today (as previewed here). Again, it’s a “soft opening,” which means they’re not revved up to full production yet – but you will find scones and cookies today as well as those pretzels:

Allison says Heavenly Pastry will be open till 7 tonight, 10 am-7 pm tomorrow, 7 am-3 pm Sunday, then closed Mondays and Tuesdays – which will be their usual days off – before reopening 7 am-7 pm Wednesday.

40 Replies to "Update: 'Soft open' day begins for Heavenly Pastry in West Seattle"

  • Heinz57Mom May 28, 2010 (1:27 pm)

    Would be great if they had gluten free and/or vegan pastries…

  • Amber May 28, 2010 (2:02 pm)

    Yummy, yummy! Those pretzels really are superb.

  • Silly Goose May 28, 2010 (2:10 pm)

    Just visited and they are working out the register kinks, all they have for sale is Choco Chip cookies, Cranberry shortbread cookies,some berry bars, and Pretzels. We purchased 3 cookies for $1.00 each and they were yummy, they were also sampling warm Jalenpeno and Cheese biscut bites very very good. I ask if they will be selling cupcakes in the future and the answer was YES!!!

  • timeslid May 28, 2010 (2:27 pm)

    Well….the pretzels are definitely worth the trip. The coconut cranberry cookies take an honorable mention – tasty.

    I just love a good pretzel.

  • Cynthia Turner May 28, 2010 (2:43 pm)

    I second Heinz57Mom – would love, love, love it if there were gluten/wheat/egg -free pastry offerings in West Seattle!

  • Amy May 28, 2010 (3:03 pm)

    The pretzels are sooooo good. It’s great to have this bakery in West Seattle!

  • chas redmond May 28, 2010 (3:29 pm)

    The jalapeno + cheddar cheese savory biscuits are equal to their pretzels – a must eat item. Macrina’s savory ham and cheddar biscuit (Thriftway as a baked goods item and Bird On A Wire as an eat-in/eat-out sliced and toaster-oven heated item) is equally good. Nice to have a local baker with an equally tasty savory biscuit. Little Rae used to make a very tasty jalapeno + cheddar scone but has indicated they’re only going to make that one in the winter months (Little Rae is located in South Park if you didn’t know – right across the Cloverdale Bridge in that little office park – they are in three buildings there).

  • funkietoo May 28, 2010 (3:45 pm)

    Their pretzels are amazing! When the Beveridge Place Pub had the fund raiser for Haiti/Doctors Without Borders, back in February, they donate two big bags of their pretzels–and they were still warm!

  • I. Ponder May 28, 2010 (4:25 pm)

    West Seattle has become the baked goods center of Seattle just when I’ve been told by my doctor to lose weight. I suppose I can have just one.

  • TJ May 28, 2010 (4:52 pm)

    If you are looking for gluten free the Great Harvest in West Seattle has lots of goodies. My son loves the vegan thumbprint cookies and the gluten free french bread.

  • JayDee May 28, 2010 (5:00 pm)

    At the West Seattle Farmer’s Market they have a raspberry hazelnut bar that is to die for. And the cheesy biscuits are also good.

  • JayDee May 28, 2010 (5:02 pm)


    OT, but Great Harvest has been stocking a wide range of gluten-free baked goods and even pastry-like objects.

  • flippydingles May 28, 2010 (6:34 pm)

    Already a fan of the Cranberry shortbread cookies…will need to get to the pretzels tommorrow with all the reviews so far…. :)

  • Click! Design That Fits May 28, 2010 (6:45 pm)

    This is a fabulous addition to the Admiral District and we’re thrilled to have them as neighbors… although they are dangerously located between our house and our store. Could become habit forming on the walk in to work.

  • Dina May 28, 2010 (6:52 pm)

    I just got the Raspberry Yum, the Big Cheezy, and one of the pretzels. It is taking all the willpower I have right now to only eat half of each and to save the rest for my husband. He’s lucky I love him so much! These are MAJOR Yum!!!!! :)

  • islewrite May 28, 2010 (7:55 pm)

    Had my first raspberry “yum” bar today, and may I just say, “YUM.” Had already approved of the jalapeno cheese biscuit after Sunday’s market. Scrumptious, and even better when brought home and enhanced with a little ham and a smear of mayo and springs of cilantro!

  • Heavenly May 28, 2010 (8:05 pm)

    The Pretzels and roasted garlic rosemary bread are both vegan, and the cranberry cookies have no eggs!! A huge thank you to all who came and supported us on our first day open. There is so much love in this community; we are so happy to be a part of it. :)

  • Heavenly May 28, 2010 (8:57 pm)

    I just have to say that it was so wonderful to see you all today; it felt great to rip the paper off the door! We were overwhelmed by the support of the community here; you are all so amazing. It was awesome to see people meeting neighbors while munching at our community tables. Thank you for your patients with our register problems this morning (it came with the wrong manual, what what!). I guess thats why its called a soft open :) There will be a larger selection of goodies for the weekend as we ramp up.

  • misserin13 May 28, 2010 (10:50 pm)

    We stopped in for some cookies today – all three were delicious but the coconut cranberry cookie is outstanding! I am so pleased that Heavenly is in the neighborhood.

  • Brooks May 29, 2010 (7:50 am)

    Great Harvest in the junction has an amazing selection of gluten free products. (not the norm for other Great Harvest stores). My father-in-law enjoys everything we bring him from GH.

    Back to Heavenly… Can’t wait to try the pretzels! I love a good pretzel…

  • Alki Resident May 29, 2010 (9:12 am)

    I had the raspberry bar,very good but I dont think Ill be willing to pay $4.00 a bar next time,especially since my kids will want one.Also $1.00 a cookie is a little to high,thats $12.00 a dozen.No way.

  • grr May 29, 2010 (11:22 am)

    yeah…uhm..I’ve tried the GF stuff at Great Harvest. ugh. Wheatless In Seattle is about the only place that really gets it right (not grainy/gritty…good textures….)

    that being said…Heavenly’s Pretzels are INSANE :)

  • owner/baker May 29, 2010 (3:00 pm)

    Hey all !
    I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the support and wonderful reception we have experienced these past few days at Heavenly Pastry and Cake. All of West Seattle is awesome but especially our little neck of the woods here at the Admiral Junction. Great neighbors like Linda’s Flowers, Stu’s bike shop and Chase Bank have left me feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. W.S. Blog rocks ! And a most special standing ovation for El CLove the best of the best in my book !

  • owner/baker May 29, 2010 (3:13 pm)

    I just wanted to mention to Alki Resident that we are happy to give you our special baker’s dozen rate (13 cookies). I don’t want kids or adult to miss out….
    Also all of our pastry is hand-crafted and made with the best fresh (no preservatives or fake stuff) ingredients. My bakers put their all into each cookie, raspberry yum, big cheezy, pretzels etc. so it comes down to more than just the cost. All of us are here to spread a little happy around so please do try us again sometime.

  • owner/baker May 29, 2010 (3:17 pm)

    Atomic Boys are the best!

  • Mary Sheely May 29, 2010 (5:52 pm)

    Stopped by today and I’m not ashamed (well, maybe a little) that we walked out with two pretzels, four little cheesys, two lemon scones, and a rasberry scone. It’s all gone.

  • owner/baker May 29, 2010 (5:58 pm)

    thank you miss mary !

  • BadwolfZanda May 29, 2010 (7:14 pm)

    I appreciate the Big Cheesy! Bakers often forget those without the sweet tooth.

    I see that people are already wanting to dictate to you as to how you should build your business. Please have the confidence to do what you do best.

  • Huindekmi May 29, 2010 (7:35 pm)

    Dropped by today and tried the pretzel and a big cheesy. Both were tasty, but it was the cheesy that really stood out. Served that along side a bowl of chili for a great lunch on a cloudy Seattle day.
    Looking forward to trying the cakes!

  • Admiral District May 29, 2010 (10:22 pm)

    Dear Owner/baker:

    Congratulations to your upcoming opening. Just a heads up, our “little neck of the woods” is the Admiral District. The Junction is south, in the Alaska/California neighborhood.

    Also, keep doing what you do so well. Avoid trying to make a gluten free pretzel. If rice flour or almond paste can substitute into your other goodies, go for it.

    Thank you.

  • owner/baker May 30, 2010 (4:48 am)

    Oops :) Thanks for the correction.
    Coming soon : more breakfast pastry and soon seriously good brownies.

  • owner/baker May 30, 2010 (8:57 am)

    Hey Admiral District..
    Just a question, the West Seattle Herald refers to the Admiral District as the Admiral Junction but officially we are the Admiral District correct ?
    Also where can I find your business association contact/location so we can bring you some tasty treats ?

  • Huindekmi May 30, 2010 (9:36 am)

    Funny. For all the many years I’ve lived in W. Seattle, we’ve always had three “junctions”. There was “The Junction” (also known as the Alaska Junction), the Morgan St Junction, and the Admiral Junction. The nomenclature, of course, coming from the long defunct streetcar lines.
    Thank you for keeping us informed of this recent change to how we should refer to this intersection.

  • Gina May 30, 2010 (11:23 am)

    Guess I’ll keep calling it the Admiral Junction. Always have, always will.

    Will have to work on not calling the bakery Houlihan’s or the little deli, though.

    p.s. I think the pretzels should be nicknamed the crack pretzels. Because I only had one, but I am still thinking about it!

  • grr May 30, 2010 (2:50 pm)

    sooo calling then Crack Pretzels. Done.

  • Admiral District May 30, 2010 (10:21 pm)

    Um, recent change?

    North Admiral (or simply: the Admiral District) is the oldest neighborhood in West Seattle, Washington. In the early 1900s it was connected to Seattle by ferries and a cable car. It is the location of West Seattle High School. The neighborhood name implies that it is at the north end of Admiral Way S.W. However Admiral runs east and west and crosses California Avenue S.W. north of the major junction at S.W. Alaska street and California, thus the name North Admiral combines the orientation to the junction with the name of the main cross street.

    Thanks for the pastry offer. I am happy to shop PCC for Wheat free/Gluten Free bread and pastry.

  • Gina May 31, 2010 (8:51 am)

    AD-The Admiral District is the name of the whole neighborhood. The Admiral Junction is the name/nickname for the California/Admiral intersection, and the businesses one block in either direction. A great aunt that lived by Hiawatha Park in 1918 used that name for the place she would get off the streetcar after riding the ferry.

    North Admiral is the name given to the area north of Admiral Way, but above the beach level. What is recent is the use of the phrase “Prestigious North Admiral”. However, each family may have a variation of what they call the area they live in.

    Depending when people arrived, they will call neighborhoods by varying names. My opinion is that adds variety, and that an election has never been held to only call certain geographic points in SW Seattle by only one name.

    I guess it is a recent change on the great timeline–after the arrival of the schooner Exact, before the building of a bridge across the river. If any families of natives here before then know the older names for the area(s), I would find that interesting, too.

  • Heavenly May 31, 2010 (3:17 pm)

    hmmmm, I guess practically speaking saying the Admiral District IS less confusing with the other “main” junction just down the road. It seems natural to say our bakery is at the Admiral Junction with the intersection located only steps away. I can see both sides of the story.

    No matter what you call it, the intersection of California and Admiral will now smell of baking pretzels and cookies wed-sun, tempting all who walk by. :)

  • Move-on June 2, 2010 (11:59 pm)

    I have never heard such hoopla over The Junction names. I think the people that live in West Seattle have the right to describe the area where they live as they wish…get over it!

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