Shauna Lott talks about her transition from social worker to pie baker, and how she uses her pie business to help at-risk youth.
Making pie is a mix of art and science all wrapped up in the feeling of family and home. The Long I Pie Shop believes that pies are an art that you can consume, making quality pies for the community to consume and giving at-risk youth a first chance at employment. Sourcing locally-grown fruits and vegetables, The Long I Pie Shop bakes pies in US-made Lodge American 9-inch cast iron skillets, giving the secret crust recipe a unique, flakey texture often compared to puff pastry.
After working in the social work field, owner / pie maker Shauna saw a gap in first-time employment for at-risk youth. The Long I Pie Shop partners with local non-profits to hire youth at risk of homelessness, exploitation, and incarceration to give them a first chance at employment. A mobile business based in a 1966 Airstream Overlander named Stella, The Long I Pie Shop can be found selling pie by the slice all around the Denver area. Pies are also available Fridays at Huckleberry Roasters (2500 Larimer St. and 4301 Pecos St. in Denver), weekends at The Universal (2911 W 38th Ave. in Denver), and Saturdays at Sweet Bloom Coffee (1619 Reed St. in Lakewood). Look for classics like Palisade peach and strawberry rhubarb or Shoo-fly Pie, or try unique flavors such as the Honey Flower with salted lavender-honey custard or the peach-rosemary chicken pot pie.