Mike of Edith's Pie in Oakland, CA

Meet the Baker: Mike of Edith’s Pie

Can you share a bit about your business and what you do?

Edith’s Pie is a pop-up business making sweet and savory pies. We make our pies weekly by hand. 

When and why did you decide to start your new business?

We had our first pop-up sale in April of 2020, selling out of the house. I had been working in kitchens and had lost the spark. I started making pies for fun while working as a butcher. I’d made them all my life but stuck to basics and wanted to do more to develop a repertoire. As the weeks went on, the pies got better and better until I felt ready to sell them.

What do you love most about running your own business?

To be honest, running my own business is brutal. I work full-time at my butchering job and make pies at night. It doesn’t leave me with a lot of time, and there’s nobody but me responsible at the end of the day. But also, it’s liberating. I set my hours. I decide what we make. I get to be creative. And I get to see the positive impact our food has on peoples’ day-to-day. That’s definitely what I love most. It certainly makes the struggle that it can be worthwhile.

Do you have a business goal you can’t wait to hit either this year or in the future?

My goal for the year is to hit a point where I can leave my job, and 100% commit to Edith’s. Beyond that, we’re continuing to expand our offerings. The ultimate goal is to find a space where we can put down our roots in our community.

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