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Since mindless strolling from food source to food source has become many people’s lockdown activity of choice, news that Sweetie Pie has opened a second location at 654 Queen Street West is sure to be met with cheer. With a menu of voluptuous sweet and savoury pies, cookies, vegan treats, and more there’s something for everyone who passes by.
Owned and managed by Tina Hatton, Sweetie Pie's first location opened last summer at 326 Harbord Street. A social worker by trade, Hatton's mission is to spread joy through pie. The first location materialized after a simple chat with her husband, who tends to "jump in with both feet," landed Hatton with the space on Harbord.
"Sweetie Pie was born out of looking for a way to find some joy and some happiness in something simple," says Hatton. "I have no culinary training," she adds, "but I built a team that provides a really good experience for people." From the welcoming service and cheery décor to the menu of simple, reliably delicious baked goods, it's no wonder a second location has already taken shape. "I'm in shock, actually," says Hatton. "It really all just sort of happened. And it grew. We had such an amazing response to the pies and everything that we make."
The shop’s handmade pies are the main draw. In classic flavours, from fruit and pecan to lemon meringue and more, each pie is filled to bursting and adorned with meringue, nuts, crumble, or a buttery, golden top crust, depending on the flavour. Beyond pies, the shop sells a host of other temptations, including a range of chubby cookies, filled cake jars, butter tarts, brownies and Kawartha Dairy ice cream. Sweetie Pie also sells vegan fruit and vegetable pies, with plans to expand the vegan offerings in the future.
“I want everyone to feel that we’re so excited that they’re there. Especially in times like these,” says Hatton. Grab a coffee and head home with a pie of your own and you’re bound to feel the love.