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It’s another story about a pop-up finding its forever home. Married pastry chefs Tom Wellings and Camila Arango will fulfill their dream of owning a bakery and cafe when Pluma by Bluebird Bakery opens in The Edison building near Union Market. It will be on the first floor of the forthcoming 187-unit apartment from Edens, the developer for the market and the area that hugs it.
“We looked into the neighborhood and really saw all this potential,” Arango says. “It will all happen within the next year or two years.” She adds that Edens sought them out for the space. “We loved the community and the vibe that they have there and how they work with other local D.C. chefs to get the food scene popping.”
Arango says they’re building on the Bluebird Bakery name with Pluma (which means feather in Spanish) because they’ll serve far more than breakfast pastries, including salads, sandwiches, Roman-style pizza, dessert, coffee, beer, and wine. The cafe will seat about 30 inside and will include outdoor seating as well for their morning-through-night service.
The once fledgling bakery was one of the first to utilize the Equity Eats crowd-funding model to raise money for their concept. That allowed Washingtonians to get their first taste of Bluebird Bakery at a four-month long pop-up at Prequel downtown.
“The pop-up was so important that we both left our day-to-day jobs,” Arango says. “People can hear about you, know where you’ve worked … but they’re not going to invest until they taste the product.”
Several area coffeeshops and other stores buy wholesale goods from Bluebird Bakery, which will continue after Pluma opens, probably in late summer.
Pluma by Bluebird Bakery, 391 Morse St. NE; plumabybluebird.com