Por Vida Bakery Located inside Palabras Bilingual Bookstore 906 W Roosevelt St, Suite 2, Phoenix, AZ 85007
It is our mission to provide Latinx pastries by utilizing local, organic, and high quality ingredients to lend a sense of nostalgia and excitement in every bite. We also aim to bring the community a unique experience of Latin culture, art, literature and baked goods by collaborating with Palabras Bilingual Bookstore.
Events: - Folklorico Dance Group meeting once a month
Coming soon: - De Las Cenizas (From The Ashes) Group for individuals and families affected by I.C.E. - Cooking and baking classes
"This is my life, for life, POR VIDA!!"
The Baker: Eileen Payan is an Arizona native, food enthusiast, and founder of Por Vida Bakery. She is a self-taught baker with over ten years of experience. She knows that providing a space for people to share their story while eating pastries baked with love is therapeutic.
By supporting Por Vida Bakery, you support the community affected by I.C.E. and Deportation. "In August 2014, my family's life changed forever. In front of my neighbors, in front of my child and myself, we witnessed the abduction of my husband by I.C.E. I froze. I was scared for my husband and worried for my 5 year old child. I didn't know who to call, what to do, nor did I have the financial resources to hire a lawyer. I felt helpless and alone. Six years later, this topic still hurts and upsets me. I always wished I knew of some sort of organization or outlet that could have provided help, group sessions, financial resources such as fundraising opportunities due to income being cut in half. I didn't know of any. I felt clueless. One day in 2019 at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, I shared my story in front of a group of people. As painful as it was to conjure up these feelings, it felt good to let it out. This sparked something in me. I knew it that moment that my experiences could be a source of solace to others. I just didn't know how to go about it. A few months later, Chawa, the owner of Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, spoke with me and told me how much she's enjoyed my pastries and that my story inspired her and she wanted to help. That was the birth of Por Vida Bakery."