Creative. Attentive. Delicious.
P.S. & Co. stands for Pure Sweets & Company. What once was Andrea's side business shipping her freshly baked sweets around the country (2008-2014) has grown into a collaboration with a talented team of dedicated, passionate people. We aim to provide the cleanest, most delicious food that helps you feel incredible. Our nutrient-driven menu is healthy in blueprint and decadent in taste. No multisyllabic additives or peculiar preservatives. We hope you'll find our delicious, plant-strong food and beverages as a gateway to feeling and living your best life.
Our motto is to act with kindness, compassion and efficiency in business and in life.
We also strive to create a supportive, nurturing culture for our employees and guests. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without one another. So, thank you!
The only things you’ll find at P.S. & Co. are carefully curated unrefined ingredients and happiness, as "Food is thy medicine." - Socrates
Born in Oakland, California to a fiesty stay-at-home mom and a devout Buddhist father, I was raised in New Jersey with two much older brothers. Growing up around these colorful characters shaped me early on. After studying Physiological Psychology and East Asian Studies at Smith College, learning herbal medicine in China, studying Buddhism in India, teaching English in Taiwan, 4 months of silent meditation in Burma, finishing the post-bacc pre-med program at Bryn Mawr and years working in HIV/AIDS and medical research, I realized my dream job was right under my nose. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for understanding medical school wasn't meant to be.
Upon adopting a vegan lifestyle in 2007, my sweet tooth went through a dry spell until some late night baking experiments began to fill the void. I realized I had an idea that would combine my desire to help people with my love for animals, food and wellness into a profession that could help people eat better, live better and experience the perks of a healthful lifestyle. And thus, Pure Sweets was born at the bustling and supportive Philadelphia Whole Foods Summer Markets of 2009.
I had fantasized about attending culinary school and was honored to be given a grant by The James Beard Foundation in 2010 to attend The Natural Gourmet Institute Chef-Certification. I turned it down in order to focus on the business. Luckily, I have had the pleasure of hiring and working alongside talented chefs who share my same philosophy for nutrient-dense eating. Our collaborations have exceeded what I could have created on my own.
When not meeting guests and helping the crew at P.S. & Co, I spend time trying new restaurants with loved ones and enjoying the outdoors with our shop mascot, Tuffy.
None of this could be without a great Dad and Mom. A retired research chemical engineer and devoted father and husband, Dad came from the remote village of Tengchong in Yunnan, China. Here he is pictured with Mom for their engagement photo in Mandalay, Burma (circa 1962). After the Japanese Invasion during WWII and the rise of Mao Zedong, Dad, at the age of 14, rode into Mandalay on the back of a donkey to escape Communist China. Although his family had successful retail businesses, Dad's academic excellence steered him away from the family company and eventually led him to the United States to earn his doctorate at Caltech. After a long, continuous career with Exxon/Mobil, he is enjoying retirement and combining his passion for science, finance and family business.
During those long months in the city pound, did Tuffy foresee a career waiting for her? I think so. Pictured here with my niece and nephew back in 2011, this lovable mutt is head of HR and keeps the shop running!