photo: Rachel May photography

Paradox Pastry

Paradox Pastry is a full-service Charlottesville, VA, bakery and café committed to delighting customers through the fusion of American/European design and pastry technique. From wedding and special occasion cakes, to delicious pastries, espresso, “real” food offerings such as quiches, soups, salads and sandwiches, and catering, Paradox is a vibrant and welcoming feature on the Charlottesville restaurant scene. With it’s open bakery concept, guests feel a part of the activity as they cozy in around the “table” and watch the Sugaristas baking throughout the day.

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photos: Rachel May photography, Rob Baker photography, Sarah Cramer photography

Services Offered
  • Consultations / Tastings
  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Delivery
  • Dessert Buffet
  • Groom’s Cake
  • Options for Dietary Restrictions
  • Pastries
  • Pies
  • Wedding Cake

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PLEASE READ! Dear Lovely, Honorary Sugaristas (that’s you, our customers!), 16 years ago, I moved to Charlottesville with the vision of creating a bakery and café which would become a convivial hub for locals and tourists alike. The bakery area would be an open concept, something few, if any, bakeries offered at the time, providing an intimate connection between those creating and those eating. It would be a noisy spot filled with music, conviviality and delight.  It would be a public version of my mom’s kitchen.  It would be a home away from home for all.

And it has been. For me, staff, and customers alike.

Until now. “Now” is different. “Now” is not bad, it’s just…. different. And it will be that way, by all accounts, for the duration.  For the last week, we have worked diligently to create a fluid online curbside and delivery service so that we could continue to serve the community, because that’s what we restauranteurs do. We serve. We create. We take care of our people. We are epicenters (I know, poor word choice) of community and we love it beyond measure – frequently to the detriment of our own health and care.  And that, in as few words, is what has brought me to the current decision.

The trending idea of restaurants as being “essential” businesses has weighed heavily on me as I’ve watched Charlottesville restaurant owners and staffs scramble to re-invent, to accommodate, and to sacrifice. Essential? I guess that would depend on your definition of the word, but I personally and decidedly think “no.” I’ve come to realize, mostly through “heart to hearts” from my family, that the risk I bring to them is not worth it. We have a “one butt” kitchen here at the shop, and even though we all feel secure in our health and sanitation controls (we are and have always been diligent in this), you just never know. Ever. And my staff agrees. We don’t want to be part of the problem. We don’t want to transmit to our families and roommates.  So! We are looking forward to seeing you after the dust settles and we’ll continue to connect here. Kind of like writing letters to friends in far off places! Hugs, Mama J
PLEASE READ! Dear Lovely, Honorary Sugaristas (that’s you, our customers!), 16 years ago, I moved to Charlottesville with the vision of creating a bakery and café which would become a convivial hub for locals and tourists alike. The bakery area would be an open concept, something few, if any, bakeries offered at the time, providing an intimate connection between those creating and those eating. It would be a noisy spot filled with music, conviviality and delight.  It would be a public version of my mom’s kitchen.  It would be a home away from home for all. And it has been. For me, staff, and customers alike. Until now. “Now” is different. “Now” is not bad, it’s just…. different. And it will be that way, by all accounts, for the duration.  For the last week, we have worked diligently to create a fluid online curbside and delivery service so that we could continue to serve the community, because that’s what we restauranteurs do. We serve. We create. We take care of our people. We are epicenters (I know, poor word choice) of community and we love it beyond measure – frequently to the detriment of our own health and care.  And that, in as few words, is what has brought me to the current decision. The trending idea of restaurants as being “essential” businesses has weighed heavily on me as I’ve watched Charlottesville restaurant owners and staffs scramble to re-invent, to accommodate, and to sacrifice. Essential? I guess that would depend on your definition of the word, but I personally and decidedly think “no.” I’ve come to realize, mostly through “heart to hearts” from my family, that the risk I bring to them is not worth it. We have a “one butt” kitchen here at the shop, and even though we all feel secure in our health and sanitation controls (we are and have always been diligent in this), you just never know. Ever. And my staff agrees. We don’t want to be part of the problem. We don’t want to transmit to our families and roommates. So! We are looking forward to seeing you after the dust settles and we’ll continue to connect here. Kind of like writing letters to friends in far off places! Hugs, Mama J

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