First Black-Owned Bakery, Sweet T's, Opens Inside Philly's Reading Terminal Market
Photo Credit: Dan Malll

Photo Credit: Dan Malll

First Black-Owned Bakery, Sweet T's, Opens Inside Philly's Reading Terminal Market

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Apr 16, 2021

You can’t visit the City of Brotherly Love without grabbing something to eat from Reading Terminal Market. It’s both a landmark and happy place serving the best of Philly— and it just got sweeter.

For the first time since its inception in 1893, Reading Terminal Market will have its first Black-owned bakery: Sweet T’s Bakery & Snack Shop.

“It has been 120 years, and it was never an African-American bakery in here. We are the first. We are trailblazers,” co-owner Mark El said in an interview.

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Sweet T’s Bakery is currently a pop-up cart in the market. The husband and wife duo specializes in all things sweet potato. On the menu, you will find sweet potato cheesecake, sweet potato pound cake, and a traditional sweet potato pie with buttered crust. But what the bakery is most famous for is the Sweetie’s Pie. It’s a three-inch sweet potato pie with a graham cracker crust. Yum!

“Sometimes a tear rolls down my eyes. I can’t believe it,” Tia El told ABC 6. “My husband and I have been working so hard for an opportunity like this.”

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The bakery is now open and replaces the former Metropolitan Bakery. Delivery will be available.