Just five months after their very first pop-up on Jan. 2 of this year, the owners of Sebastian Bakehouse have officially secured a brick-and-mortar space.
Owners Laura Kate Adelman and Randy Sebastian told CityBeat in an email that they chose the space in Mariemont due to the positive feedback they received from test marketing in the area.
“As much as we absolutely love our presence in Hyde Park, from a start-up business standpoint, we have captured more of our customer base doing our pop-ups in/close to Mariemont,” they wrote.
Sebastian Bakehouse has been extremely popular in its previous pop-up locations around the city, often drawing long lines full of eager customers. “As much as we hoped BUT truly didn't expect it, we were amazed at how well we have been received and welcomed into the community!” wrote the owners.
About five years ago, Adelman and Sebastian (who are now engaged) left Cincinnati, but they always had the goal to come back and start their own business.
Adelman is from Oxford, Ohio and attended Cincinnati State, while Sebastian came to the Queen City as part of the executive team that opened what was originally Horseshoe Casino (now Hard Rock Casino).
Adelman and Sebastian are both pastry chefs, so it felt natural for them to open some sort of pastry shop. Sebastian Bakehouse features viennoiserie —a French word for “things from Vienna" — which refers to breakfast pastries that bridge pâtisserie and French bread.
Some of Adelman and Sebastian’s favorite pastries to create are collaborations with other local businesses, like the Hot Honey Pepperoni Croissant they created with Fireside Pizza. Plus, they use their creations to give back, at one point even raising over $2,500 for Ukraine (where Adelman’s grandfather is from) with a macaron trio. Recently, they developed a rainbow pride croissant, $1 of which goes to LGBTQ youth nonprofit Lighthouse Youth & Family Services.
Adelman and Sebastian want to bring something unique to Cincinnati with their baking. "We totally geek out and want to showcase the technical aspects of classically made viennoiserie, as well as emphasize and incorporate what we know in classic French pastry into what people sometimes take for granted as a simple danish or croissant," they said.
They say their hope is to take a classic style and “take it up a notch” — to deliver a beautiful and delicious product with a modern twist.
The two are also known for their desserts, cakes, chocolates and ice creams, and they say “time will tell when we introduce our interpretation of desserts and such to Cincinnati when the time comes.” But, for now, viennoiserie is their main focus.
Since the space is currently being remodeled, there is no set opening date for Sebastian Bakehouse's first brick-and-mortar shop. Despite the ongoing remodeling project, Sebastian Bakehouse will be selling their delicious creations out of their brand new brick-and-mortar space on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until they sell out.Sebastian Bakehouse's new brick-and-mortar shop is located at 6846 Wooster Pike, Mariemont. Find more information at sebastianbakehouse.com.