Don't let the name fool you — Paige's Incredible Edibles (P.I.E. for short) serves up a lot more than pie. Sure, the new Warren Street bakery offers standard selection of personal- and full-sized pies — like apple, pecan, and chocolate cream — but they also stock everything from artisanal breads to eclairs to breakfast pastries. Owner Paige Young is generally the person you'll find furiously baking away in the small, bright kitchen. While the shop's tiny size currently limits it to take-out only, Young has big plans for P.I.E.
Educated at the College of Charleston and the Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando, Young moved back to Charleston in 2009 with her husband, who now works for Boeing. After stints as a chocolatier at Kilwins and a baker at Metto, Young started working toward her dream of opening her own shop when they purchased the building on Warren Street, just off of King. She says the building, built in 1885, once housed a camera store and a chandelier store in the 1940s, but it's fallen into serious disrepair since then. The renovation has been a major project, requiring basic amenities such as electricity and air conditioning, so the Youngs are taking it slow. So far they've renovated one-half of the downstairs area, which includes the small retail space in front outfitted with orange chalkboard menus, vintage furniture, and serving-ware. The kitchen is separated by a screen, while storage space and several refrigerators are in the back room.
Young hopes to eventually renovate the second half of the downstairs to offer seating for guests, which will allow her to expand the menu. She plans to use the upstairs for office space.
While transforming the space has been a huge undertaking, Young has managed to find time to refine her huge menu of pastries and desserts. She says breakfast options like scones, quiches, and monster muffins have been especially popular. She also stocks a selection of breads, from Parker rolls to challah to ciabatta, as well as desserts like cheesecake bars, fruit tarts, cookies, pumpkin whoopie pies, mint chocolate chip meringues, and brownies. In an office taste test, we found the creamy eclair and chocolatey peanut butter bar to be our favorites — but it'll take many more visits to taste everything P.I.E. has to offer.
The prices are fair, too. Ranging from 75 cents for a mini whoopie pie to $12 for a 10-inch pie, the prices make feeding your sweet tooth all too affordable.