The team at Apple-Butter Bakery
Photo: Daniel Brown
Photo: Daniel Brown

A bakery making pastries, custom cakes coming to Pinewood Forest

A new tenant has been added to the culinary roster at high-profile mixed-use development Pinewood Forest in Fayette County.

The yet-to-be-named bakery and cafe from the team behind Stone Mountain’s Apple-Butter Bakery and Custom Cake Shoppe is slated to open in the development in August 2020. 

The business will make custom cakes, specialty breads and contemporary desserts “inspired by cross-generational favorites like honey buns and toaster pastries with fresh, new ingredients,” according to a press release. 

The bakery comes from sisters Shellane Brown and Erica Houston-Pickett and their mother Veronica Pickett. Brown trained at bakeries in San Francisco before she and her family started an incubator market in Inman Park in 2010 and opened Apple-Butter in Stone Mountain six years ago.

The 1,117 square-foot Pinewood location will walking distance to the residences at Pinewood Forest, as well as movie studio Pinewood Atlanta Studios, located across the street from the development. 

Once open, the business will serve lunch including sandwiches and beverages created by Brown’s husband Daniel, founder of Gilly Brew Bar in Stone Mountain. 

Items from the family’s current location expected to be featured at the Pinewood concept include chocolate-chip cookies, red velvet brownies; and “Stone Mountain” pies, a crème-filled family dessert topped with butter-roasted coconut, pecans and caramel. There will also be a variety of new items for people with dietary restrictions including vegan, gluten-free, keto/paleo/sugar-free options. 

“This family-owned business will be a perfect addition to our community and will serve a niche for Fayetteville and surrounding communities as well,” said Rob Parker, president of Pinewood Forest, in a prepared statement. “This family of talented women, with strong roots in culinary craft and musical traditions, will be right at home in our creative community.” 

Brown, who said her family has “had (their) eye” on Pinewood for awhile, said the development is a good fit for their vision. 

“We’re planning a menu to be truly tailored for this community,” she said. “Pinewood Forest is a masterfully curated development, and we want our bakery to reflect the thought and passion it took to create such a space and produce good food for the creatives who have decided to do life there.”

Other culinary offerings announced for Pinewood Forest include Pancake Social; Honeysuckle Gelato;  casual fine dining concept Braise; and Hop City Craft Beer & Wine and Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar.

All culinary concepts will be located in Pinewood's 25-acre town center, which will also feature a hotel, other restaurants, independent retail shops and galleries, an office suite and a Piedmont Wellness Center.

Barleygarden and Braise. 

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