The newest pie and coffee café, Pie-Eyed and Flakey, had its soft opening Oct. 23 and grand opening Nov. 2. The owner is Marge Rhines, who was born and raised in Edgewood, but moved away in 1980. Rhines previously worked at Café Rose in Edgewood for the past two years with her sister Rose Totman. She came up with the idea to open her own place of business during those two years after customers at Café Rose were constantly inquiring about her pies.
The space for Pie-Eyed and Flakey was purchased by Rhines in July 2018 and for the past year and a half, she has been renovating the café and learning the ins and outs of owning a business. She attended a two-day barista course in the Twin Cities just before the soft opening to learn how to make different types of coffee drinks. Rhines bakes two to three flavors of pies every day and the flavors change each day.
“My favorite pie to make and to eat is coconut cream. It’s fun to make,” Rhines said. The daily favorites from customers are the cinnamon rolls in the morning, and pies in the afternoons.
On an average weekday, Rhines sees about 25 to 30 people come in to meet their sweet treat needs and sees 40 to 50 on the weekends. She purchases all of the basics for baking from local businesses to ensure the quality and freshness of everything she makes. “My favorite part of working here and being back in Edgewood is being able to re-connect with the people who live here,” Rhines said. “There’s just a certain connection with those who live here, and I also love being close to family again.” The name was thought up by Rhines and her sister, who wanted to create a clever, fun, and unique name that would best suit the business.
The hours for Pie-Eyed and Flakey are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The business also offers “order ahead” for pies with a week in advance notice.