In February 1997, Pearl Bakery first opened its doors with only a handful of employees, a small product line and little fanfare. We were one of the first businesses on our block near the edge of Portland’s Pearl District, one block from Powell’s City of Books. Since then, the bakery has grown with our vibrant neighborhood, and we offer our pastries, sandwiches, bread, coffee and tea to the growing number of workers and residents of the Pearl District seven days a week.
Pearl bread is served on the tables of some of Portland’s finest restaurants, including Clyde Common, Castagna, Urban Farmer, Three Doors Down, Mama Mia Trattoria, Aviary, Cocotte, Tabla, and Broder … as well as neighborhood favorites like Acadia, Cafe Nell, Lucca, Paragon, Justa Pasta, Caffe Allora, Meriwether’s, Arleta Library, Bijou Cafe, Backspace, and all six Pastini locations.
Our loaves are also available every day of the week at gourmet grocery stores Pastaworks & City Market, Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods, and Whole Foods Market (Laurelhurst, Pearl District, Bridgeport Village, Hollywood & NE Fremont locations).
The bakery has gained national attention through several books and magazines, including Maggie Glezer’s Artisan Baking Across America, Nick Malgieri’s Cookies Unlimited, David Lebovitz’s Great Book of Chocolate, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart Living, W, Northwest Palate, The New York Times and USA Today.
While Pearl Bakery has grown, our mission as a small, artisan bakery has not changed. We strive for excellence in everything we do, from the handcrafted breads and pastries we bake to the organic coffee we brew. We hope to provide friendly, efficient customer service and a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy breakfast, lunch or an afternoon break.
We seek out the finest ingredients, buying organic, local, and small-producer items whenever possible. We respect the environment by using all-natural, biodegradable cleaning products, by recycling, and by using as many sustainably produced ingredients as possible. Our bags are made from recycled content, unbleached paper and printed with water-based ink. We buy pollution-free wind power through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program. And, we like to be involved in our community by making charitable donations to several local arts, educational, and humanitarian organizations.