Empire Apple Pie, Pie Lab
Freshly baked pies are signaling something sweet happening in this small town in Alabama’s soil-rich Black Belt region where jobs are drying up and storefronts shutting down. A group of young graphic designers set up the bakery, culinary school, and design studio on Main Street in a thrift shop storage site in the summer of 2009. “Food brings people together,” designer Amanda Buck says. “Pie is how we get to know Greensboro.” PieLab teaches area youth how to make pies, and then sells slices for $2 ($3 à la mode). Since opening, the designers have also started job training programs for local residents and done design work for downtown merchants. “All because of pie,” Amanda says.
1317 Main Street; pielab.org