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“Pittsburgh’s Best Cupcake Winners” WPXI, June 24, 2011. Finishing in 2nd place after the public vote was Priory Fine Pastries on the North Side.So what makes the Priory special?”There’s a lot of quality control that goes on,” said part-owner John Graf. “So we really try to make sure that what people are getting is absolutely the way it should be every single time.” Read more.

“Priory Fine Pastries celebrates 5 years of business with biggest cupcake in the city” by Henry Clay Webster, Northside Chronicle. In marriage, wood is the traditional gift for a fifth anniversary. But in its fifth year in business, Priory Fine Pastries is giving something a little more appetizing to its patrons. At a crowded celebration in its East Ohio Street shop Monday evening, the bakery unveiled its new line of gourmet cupcakes, including a new three-pound Colossal Cupcake, to thank the community that has supported it since its birth in November 2004. Read More.
“Milestones sweet and small” by Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 23, 2009.
It’s sweet to have some good news about the economy, and Priory Pastries is a sweet news. Co-owner John Graf said he and his wife and parents want to “take it to the next level,” from the edible to the aesthetic. Read More
culinary WHIRLED/Quick Bites – Hey Sweetie, Take the Cake,” by Whirl Magazine, October, 2009. David L. Clark, the founder of the Clark Bar candy bar, once owned the building now occupied by Priory Fine Pastries. Sweet confections are still being churned out of the North Side location, and the bakers there have actually concocted a four-layer salute to the historic candy bar. The Northsider Cake is a quadruple stacked treat. Read more.
“Who makes the best cupcakes in Pittsburgh?”
by L.A. Johnson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 25, 2007
. cup*cake (kup’kak’) n. A small cake baked in a cup-shaped container. Would that it were that simple. But cupcakes are so much more than that. Close your eyes for a moment and engage in a culinary past-life regression. Imagine the moist, crumby sweetness of your first, simple cupcake, the finger-lickin’ goodness of that first magical morsel of yellow, white or chocolate cake with chocolate or vanilla icing. Read more.
“A risk on East Ohio Street smells sweet for Priory founders,”
by Laurie Villanueva, Pgh. Post-Gazette, June 7, 2006
. East Ohio Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side is the last place anyone would expect to find an upscale European-style bakery. The pawn shops and check cashing stores that dot the historic thoroughfare are testament to the hard times that have plagued the East Allegheny neighborhood. Nevertheless, Ed and Mary Ann Graf never thought about opening Priory Fine Pastries anywhere else. Read more.
“Pastry shop sweetens East Ohio Street’s future,” by Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 11, 2004.
For almost five decades, the once-elegant East Ohio Street has bowed to the forces of low expectation. Despite many respectable businesses, momentum has been on the side of check-cashing services, daytime barflies, skulking hookers, drug dealers, panhandlers, loiterers, weedy, littered lots and vacant storefronts. The North Side’s main thoroughfare was starving for some good news when Ed and Mary Ann Graf supplied it late last month — with sugar on top. Read more.
“Collaboration works to make East Ohio Street a destination,”
by Tim Schooley, Pittsburgh Business Times, Friday, January 23, 2004.
One resident, Ed Graf, who also owns the Priory and the Grand Hall with his wife and son, is working to bring a new bakery to East Ohio Street. Having bought a building and hired a chef, he hopes to open a bakery — tentatively under the name Priory Fine Pastries — by the spring. Read more.
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11/23/09 – Northside Bakery Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with New Custom Cupcake and Cookie Creations

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