Renowned Detroit bakery Sister Pie has announced that it will open a new location in the city that will serve as a multi-purpose shop, complete with a café serving breakfast and lunch options, a small grocery area for grab-and-go items, classroom spaces, a larger kitchen area for wholesale, and more.
Led by Lisa Ludwinski, a 2019 finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Baker award, Sister Pie has earned a stellar reputation across the country. That reputation was boosted further by the release of its cookbook, Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit, in October of 2018.
One of the biggest changes the new location would bring is an expansion of class offerings. Sister Pie currently offers three to four classes per month, but the second shop would allow for upwards of 24 or more classes per month.
Cooking classes are a way for many bakeries to offset the costs of running the business. In many cases, they are more profitable than baked goods sales. This is especially true at Sister Pie, where the waiting list for a spring class series is at least 100 people long and classes typically cost $80.
According to Crain’s Detroit Business, Sister Pie recorded sales of nearly $1 million in 2018, approximately a 20 percent increase from 2017.