Birdie’s Pie Shop to open in Spokane
Bakery along Monroe to be company’s third locationSeptember 14th, 2023
Post Falls-based Birdie’s Pie Shop is mixing Spokane into its operations this week with the opening of a bakery just north of the Monroe Street Bridge.
The grand opening of the new shop, at 712 N. Monroe, is set for Sept. 16, says owner Sharee Moss, who opened the first Birdie’s location in Post Falls in 2019 and another in Hayden in 2021.
“We love North Idaho, but I feel like being recognized in Spokane will be amazing as well,” Moss says. “We love that this one is central to north and south Spokane and hope that we’ll be able to appease all crowds.”
Moss planned on expanding Birdie’s to Spokane earlier, but the pandemic threw the timing off, she says. The Post Falls location has attracted a lot of Spokane customers since opening, many of whom have asked Moss if she’d ever consider opening a shop in the Lilac City.
The 2,000-square-foot space that will be home to the Spokane pie shop is almost double the size of the Post Falls and Hayden locations, Moss says. Each of the three shops has about six or seven employees, for a companywide total of about 20, Moss says.
“We’re excited that this one is a little bit bigger and gives us, hopefully, the ability to grow and fit the needs of the Spokane people,” she says.
While the size and location of the Spokane space is ideal, Moss says the brick building also fits the Birdie’s brand.
“We also are really particular that we want a building to fit our brand and that it feels more like an old bakery, like you’re walking into Grandma’s kitchen.”
Birdie’s Pie Shop was named after and inspired by Moss’s grandmother, Bridella, who went by Birdie.
“She pretty much taught me everything I know about pie, and she was one of those (people) that anytime you came over, there was always a slice of pie or a little treat,” Moss says. “Pie is so magical in the fact that it’s this wonderful morsel that connects you with memories.”
Despite opening just before the onset of the pandemic, Birdie’s Pie Shop has been more successful than Moss ever imagined, she says, and revenue is currently trending upward.
“It still is so surreal that it’s taken off as much as it has, and I’m super grateful,” she says. “It’s been an amazing tribute and legacy to my grandmother.”
Moss says she hopes to open another Birdie’s location in north Spokane at some point if the Monroe shop does well.
“I am not great at sitting still,” she says. “I’m always wanting to improve and grow.”
Birdie’s Pie Shop offers both sweet and savory pie options, including its daily menu staples—apple, triple berry, key lime, chocolate cream, classic pecan, and chicken pot pie. It also offers rotating pie flavors and new creations, Moss says.
“It’s super fun to come up with different things and provide our pie guests with a wide variety to enjoy,” Moss says.
Some of the rotating pie flavors on the menu earlier this month included peanut butter chocolate, raspberry cream, salted caramel candy bar, pulled pork mac n’ cheese, and taco.
All of Birdie’s Pie Shop’s pies are handmade from scratch and never frozen, Moss says.
The pies are available in three sizes—11-inch whole pies; personal pies, which are intended to be about the size of a traditional slice of pie; and Birdie’s Bites, which are about three or four bites and are sold in boxes of eight.
Hot pies, like the chicken pot pie and other savory options, are sold as take-and-bake in the whole sizes. Personal sizes are already baked and just need to be reheated in the oven. Customers can grab their pies to go or dine in at the shops for a meal or quick treat, Moss says.
In addition to the three pie shops, Birdie’s takes a restored 1971 camper trailer, referred to as The Pie Bar, to various Inland Northwest farmers markets. The Pie Bar also is available to rent for weddings, cocktail parties, corporate gatherings, and other events, Moss says.
The Post Falls pie shop is located at 1003 N. Spokane, and the Hayden pie shop is located at 9375 N. Government Way.
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