Second Act Marketplace and Events, a food hall and event space is pleased to welcome its newest marketplace partner, Bulka Bakery, serving sweet and savory baked goods and other delicacies. As Haight Street continues to grow and bring in new merchants, Second Act is also seeing the neighborhood change. This much-needed bakery is a great addition to the Haight Ashbury area. More so, Second Act is proud to offer local, house-made and affordable food and drink options, many under $10.
Located at the site of the beloved Red Vic Movie House, the market place was converted two years ago into it’s ‘second act’ by its original owners, Betsy and Jack Rix. Second Act functions as a community space that includes retail storefronts for five Bay Area food & beverage businesses; Raw organic juices, AйDa Piroshki, Crêpe La Vie, Burma Bear and now also Bulka Bakery.
“We are in year two of this food entrepreneurial experiment. When we had the idea for the Second Act Marketplace several years ago, we had a vision of a thriving community of small businesses,” said owners Jack and Betsy Rix. “We needed a dream team of entrepreneurs who would be strong individually, create a balance of delicious foods, and enhance the rapidly changing Upper Haight food scene. We can proudly say it’s working!”
Bulka Bakery’s owner and baker, Tatiana Kasatkina saw great success at her pop-up at Farm Table and wanted to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery and coffee shop. She launched Bulka, which means “bun” or “loaf” in her native Russian, with the goal of bringing her modern interpretations of beloved Russian baked goods and foods, along with bakery specialties to a wider audience.
“To be at Second Act is a great start for me,” said Kasatkina. “It allowed me to open a bakery with affordable start-up costs, , and, thanks to the constant stream of customers I can test out different items on the menu to see what people like the most. Currently trending are the Poppyseed Blueberry-Blackberry Walnut Rolls; Caramelized Pear Almond Cakes and Sochnik (a Russian pastry with farmer’s cheese and currants). On the savory side, the Mushroom Potato and Spinach Quiche and the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Tartine are becoming customer favorites.”
Officially opened in late January, Bulka Bakery will serve coffee, savory and sweet pastries, signature housemade bread, granola with yogurt, buckwheat cereal, sweet farmer’s cheese with berries and nuts, croissants, quiche and hot pressed sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Tatiana hopes to start baking Russian cakes like honey cake, Napoleon and white mountain cake in the coming months.
“It’s been about two months. Already, we can see that the fanfare for Bulka Bakery has begun. We are thrilled to have this delectable food option that will please anyone who visits Second Act,” added Jack and Betsy and Rix.