Pie bakery expands to Westlake

Gray House Pies, the local, award-winning pie bakery, is expanding into Westlake. With an opening planned for March 1, Gray House Pies brings to the area a second location at 26075 Detroit Road.

This new shop will have seating for customers to stop in and enjoy slices of favorites such as Caramel Apple or Maple Bacon Pecan. There are also savory selections, such as traditional quiches and single-serving “pub pies.”

All Gray House pies are made at the original store location on Lorain Road in Fairview Park, and are made with 100% sweet butter – no hydrogenated oils, transfats or preservatives. They use Ohio-grown apples and locally produced free range eggs and organic milk – free of steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics. Locally raised free-range beef, chicken and pork are used in the pub pies.

Store owner Joe Schlott spent 20 years in the mortgage business, never fulfilling his acceptance into the Culinary Institute of America. He continued to bake for family and friends, until eight years ago when his wife, Darlene, suggested that he start selling his pies. Soon, people were lining up at his century-old Bassett Road home, “Gray House,” and the business was born.

Joe opened the Fairview Park store in 2008, after selling his pies in other local shops. This store will continue to do all of the baking for both locations, and for the local farmers markets that sell his pies in the summer and fall.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.22.2011