MASTIHA Bakery is a woman-owned small business specializing in assorted Greek Pastries, Rustic Phyllo Pies, and Pita Bread.
The bakery works batch-by-batch, we get to make every day sweet by sharing a slice of our beloved greece with you from our little corner of the kosmos.
Whether you pick up from our bakery kitchen, find us at the farmers market, or discover our pita bread at select grocers — know that each item is crafted by hand using only simple ingredients.
We provide direct-to-consumer and wholesale goods made from scratch inspired by my Greek culture. My business is licensed and headquartered in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C
I began selling our products in 2011 at local farmers’ markets under the Maryland Cottage Law where I was able to sell packaged baked goods made from home. I also used some of the resources that are focused on women and/or minority owned businesses, including grants, loans, counseling and more. Find more details on grants for immigrant owned businesses.
In 2015, I moved the business to a shared commercial kitchen, and in 2018 relocated to a larger kitchen where we offer online preorders for local pickup and nationwide shipping. We have since expanded into the wholesale market supplying assorted baked goods to local caterers and shops, and pita bread to grocery retailers from New York to Richmond. This year we are in the midst of relocating and building a kitchen that will serve our needs, work more efficiently and create better business opportunities all around. After sharing many pastries with friends and family, I officially started my business a couple of years after being laid off from the corporate world. I wanted to make the nostalgic baked goods of my heritage available to the general public and the idea of entrepreneurship felt like a natural path for me to challenge myself and create opportunities.
In the early 1900s, my great-grandparents immigrated from Greece to America. They settled in a small town outside of Pittsburgh where they eventually opened a Greek bakery as a source of income that also gave them a sense of familiarity in their new life abroad.
Many family recipes were handed down to one of their daughters, Sylvia, who also preserved the Greek traditions that accompanied each pastry. Eventually, the recipes and traditions were passed down again to my mother and her cousins. Growing up, various sweet and savory baked goods were synonymous with holidays, celebrations, mourning, and the seasons.
In 2011, I decided to turn my love for food and culture into a business venture, making the baked goods I grew up on the cornerstone of my brand. I began selling a small menu of Greek pastries at several D.C. area farmers’ markets where I quickly recognized a demand in a market where culturally diverse pastries were not easy to come by. Over time my vision, offerings, and customer base steadily grew.
In recent years we tapped into the wholesale market and began selling our farmers’ market customers’ favorite pita bread to area grocers, a product that I added to our menu as a result of my pregnancy craving for flavorful pita. To date, we supply more than 75 grocers in the mid-Atlantic region with the opportunity for many more accounts. Our versatile pita has become a household staple for so many, that we initiated “Pita for the People”, providing 10,000 packages of fresh bread to our community in need in the last year and a half.