Upcoming Events

  • Friday October 12 • 6-9pm
    Duluth School Cluster  STEAM event on  the Green with The HapPie CampeR

  • Saturday October 13 • 2-4pm
    Embroidery workshop with artisan Sarah Roberts from In The Quiet Hours Hand Embroidery 

  • Friday Oct 26 - Sunday Oct 28
    Country Living Fair @ Stone Mountain Park with The HapPie Camper + Live Demo on Kitchen Stage (date & time to follow)

Every Bite Of This CRAVE PIE…TELLS A STORY!

My pie and I made it through security at the Atlanta airport and we now await the flight to Grand Rapids at gate B20. The fact I’m even traveling with a pie is evidence that a long-enjoyed family tradition has been fully resurrected. My entire extended family is grateful to Briana Carson and the talent, deliciousness and love she bakes into every CRAVE PIE.

Now it’s time to raise your tray tables and fasten your seatbelts. Here is the story told in every bite.

Grandma Jones, who was extraordinary in the kitchen, stopped cooking due to health reasons long before she passed away in 2010. With her declining health went the bountiful meals and love she served up every holiday. She would cook for many days to prepare the feast and it was always topped off with several homemade Butterscotch Cream Pies. Grandma served up holiday tradition like no other.

In 2000, my sister Karen created a cook book to tell my grandparent’s story and preserve all of Grandma’s amazing recipes. The cookbook was titled “Sup Weel” which is Scottish for “Eat Well.” And we sure did when Grandma was around!

My copy of the cookbook went up on my pantry shelf due to the fact I am domestically challenged. But then in 2014, I walked into CRAVE PIE STUDIO, met owner Briana Carson and learned of her joy in creating customized pies. Together we planned a fun surprise for my parents on their next visit to Atlanta. I could hardly wait to see my Dad’s face. He so savored his mom’s pies back in the day.

Briana borrowed Grandma’s cookbook and got to work. When the day arrived, my parents and I casually strolled by CRAVE PIE STUDIO in charming downtown Duluth. “Hey mom and dad – how about we grab a latte here?”

As we sipped our lattes, Briana quietly came over and served us unordered slices of Butterscotch Cream Pie and then she set Grandma’s cookbook on our table.

There are no words to describe the look of confounding confusion on my dad’s face. It took a few times of telling the story and explaining that I actually knew Briana for it all to sink in.

And then it was time…

The first bite…

Savory silence was required. We lost all of our words because none were adequate.

The first bite instantly transported me back to Grandma’s dining room table and all the comfort and security it represented.

The next bite took me back to the days of simpler times and simpler lives. As a busy adult, I still on occasion long for those leisurely meals at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Each bite added to the flood of memories filling my heart full to overflowing.

The entire experience wrapped me up in the coziness of Grandma’s memory.

On that autumn afternoon at CRAVE PIE STUDIO, a dormant tradition was resurrected. And the sweetest news of all is that Briana and her team have allowed my children to know the story tucked into each bite of Butterscotch Cream Pie!

My son Sean is such a fan that two full size pies are required when my mom and dad visit. My son hides his pie in the basement refrigerator and if he doesn’t finish it in two days after the upstairs pie is gone – my dad starts circling with his glass of milk. I play the role of referee.

Ordering CRAVE PIE (in all sizes) is now a requirement for all of our family visitors, trips and special occasions. On a recent visit, my dad said this: “tasting this Butterscotch Cream Pie makes me remember the goodness of my wonderful mother!” Personally, I didn’t think it was possible to improve on Grandma’s pie but CRAVE PIE crust takes Grandma’s pie to a whole new level. In the crust we trust and for my family it’s always butterscotch or bust!

Gotta run. It’s time for my pie and I to board [the flight home].

Thank you CRAVE PIE for allowing a long-held, treasured family tradition to take flight and soar into future generations.

InsPIEred to share this story,

Susan Conley

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At Crave Pie, we take our reputation seriously. So much so, that other people have taken notice. Check out a few of the people that love us and then give us a try.

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 Check out our feature in the November issue of  Paula Deen  magazine! You can pick up your own issue on newsstands now.

Check out our feature in the November issue of Paula Deen magazine! You can pick up your own issue on newsstands now.

 "From quiche and chicken pot pies to fruit pies, chess pies, and custards, Crave pie Studio has all your pie needs covered." Download the Gwinnett Visitor's Guide to read our feature.

"From quiche and chicken pot pies to fruit pies, chess pies, and custards, Crave pie Studio has all your pie needs covered." Download the Gwinnett Visitor's Guide to read our feature.

 Chosen as one of five Atlanta pie shops that serve a slice of heaven. Read more on  Access Atlanta .

Chosen as one of five Atlanta pie shops that serve a slice of heaven. Read more on Access Atlanta.

 Our owner, Briana Carson, is featured on Gwinnett's Business Radio X.

Our owner, Briana Carson, is featured on Gwinnett's Business Radio X.

  Read the stories about our Briana’s journey  and her inspiration for her pie shop Crave Pie Studio.

Read the stories about our Briana’s journey and her inspiration for her pie shop Crave Pie Studio.

 
 Toby from  Bloomberg Marketing  interviewed our owner, Briana, to learn what inspired her to start Crave Pie Studio as her encore career.

Toby from Bloomberg Marketing interviewed our owner, Briana, to learn what inspired her to start Crave Pie Studio as her encore career.

 Our owner, Briana, invited the  Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers’ Society  to a special, members-only pie baking and pie tasting event. Read about  Diva Foodies ' experience  here .

Our owner, Briana, invited the Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers’ Society to a special, members-only pie baking and pie tasting event. Read about Diva Foodies' experience here.

 Lemiga Events names us the Best Pie In Atlanta. "It was such a special treat for me to visit with my kids. You can truly taste the love that goes into the making of the pies from Crave. I look forward to returning with my family for years to come!"

Lemiga Events names us the Best Pie In Atlanta. "It was such a special treat for me to visit with my kids. You can truly taste the love that goes into the making of the pies from Crave. I look forward to returning with my family for years to come!"

 Crave Pie Studio is mentioned on WABE's City Lights with Lois Reitzes. Listen to the clip to learn how Atlanta celebrates National Pi Day.

Crave Pie Studio is mentioned on WABE's City Lights with Lois Reitzes. Listen to the clip to learn how Atlanta celebrates National Pi Day.

 
 Gwinnett Daily Post takes a camera behind-the-scenes at our bakery. Watch  the video .

Gwinnett Daily Post takes a camera behind-the-scenes at our bakery. Watch the video.

 Points North Atlanta includes us as one North Atlanta’s Best Bakers. Read more  here .

Points North Atlanta includes us as one North Atlanta’s Best Bakers. Read more here.

 Explore Gwinnett calls us "Gwinnett’s sweet mecca for all things pie related." And we've shared our delicious  Cherry Pie recipe . Getting hungry yet?

Explore Gwinnett calls us "Gwinnett’s sweet mecca for all things pie related." And we've shared our delicious Cherry Pie recipe. Getting hungry yet?

 What Is Marlborough Pie? Learn all about a dessert that was once as common as apple pie  here .

What Is Marlborough Pie? Learn all about a dessert that was once as common as apple pie here.

 
 Local food blogger,  Marilyn Wolf  reviews our Maple Pecan pie. "This was an excellent example, one of the best I've had in awhile. It was very enjoyable and didn't last long."

Local food blogger, Marilyn Wolf reviews our Maple Pecan pie. "This was an excellent example, one of the best I've had in awhile. It was very enjoyable and didn't last long."

 "Crave Pie Studio has all the elements of good, clean fun. Retro place, nice people, and killer stuff for foodies. Make your way to Mayberry. Guten appetit!" Read more on  Atlanta Food Critic .

"Crave Pie Studio has all the elements of good, clean fun. Retro place, nice people, and killer stuff for foodies. Make your way to Mayberry. Guten appetit!" Read more on Atlanta Food Critic.

 AJC names Crave Pie Studio as one of five of the best  places to buy pies for Thanksgiving in Atlanta .

AJC names Crave Pie Studio as one of five of the best places to buy pies for Thanksgiving in Atlanta.

 Bella Vivere gives us 5 stars for food and service. Read more about her experience in our shop on her  blog .

Bella Vivere gives us 5 stars for food and service. Read more about her experience in our shop on her blog.