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Barry’s Buns is a family owned business operated by Joel (aka Barry) and his wife, Jen. Joel utilizes his expertise in the kitchen and heads up recipe development and production, while Jen handles all marketing, brand development, event planning, and business administration.
Joel was born a baker. He started his own cheesecake business when he was 14 years old. During high school, he took first place in a culinary competition winning a scholarship from Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to attend Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. Joel graduated with a degree in Pastry Arts and was most recently the Regional Bakery Associate Coordinator of Whole Foods Market for the Mid-Atlantic Region. His formal career in pastry began at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and was also the Assistant Pastry Chef at The Rittenhouse Hotel under Executive Chef Jean Marie LaCroix.
It has always been a lifelong goal for Joel to have his own place and sticky buns have always been a favorite of Joel’s since childhood. His fondest childhood memory is that of his dad regularly bringing home sticky buns for the family. Additionally, his dad, for many years before his recent passing, had his own business in a farmer's style market. Joel loved the atmosphere and helping his dad take care of the customers, so when the opportunity arose for a location within the MARKET at the Fareway (2017 Best of Philly Food Destination) in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, it was a sign that now is the time for Joel to open his own bakery.
"I have been to Belgium four times and your waffles are spot on! That is a difficult thing to perfect but you have! I will be back again and again."
"Possibly the best coffee cake I've ever had---a perfect ratio of cake-crumble. The owners are delightful and I'm so happy to see them doing so well at the market."
“His sticky buns are absolutely incredible. Soft, sweet, and perfect to share. My favorite is the plain with cream cheese frosting.”
"Possibly the best cinnamon buns in the city."
"Decided to pop in and pick up some 'buns' for my family...WOW, these exceeded any expectations! The special was a 'Irish potato' bun that was out of this world and GENIUS! Excellent bakery and will be back.”
“The BEST sticky buns and bread pudding you will ever have!”
“Cinnamon babka bread was out of this world, excellent.”