I'm Katy Bean, owner of Bean & Pie. It started with a love of pie. My husband, Ethan, worked at a pie shop in Michigan, where he learned to make pie. After we got married, we started making pies together - he'd make the crusts and I'd make the fillings. One day, I was making a pie, and the dream came to me. I wanted to open a pie shop.
After lots of indecisiveness, rolling out dough and testing recipes, in the summer of 2017, we cleared out our checking account to pay for our first round of boxes and pie tins.
We worked around our full-time jobs, selling pies to family and friends and any spaces around town that would host us for pop-ups. Word quickly got out about our pies made with local and organic ingredients. In 2018, we did the Kendall Yards Night Market and the Downtown CDA Kootenai County Farmers Market.
By the end of the market season, we were committed to opening a pie shop. In November of 2018, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to open a shop. In less than 24 hours, we were halfway to our total fundraising goal, over $10k! Of course we celebrated with a pie party for backers.
Our Kickstarter campaign was fully funded in a month - raising $21,283 with the support of 251 people! We got to work finding the perfect space.
In 2019, we expanded to five farmers markets, I was able to finally quit my day job and we brought on our first employees!
Our shop opened on January 31st, 2020 at 504 E. Sherman Ave. in the same building as Evans Brothers Coffee. You can find us here every day whipping up new ideas and favored classics. We are excited to be part of this community that we love and to continue making delicious pies and pastries for you!