If just one look at Good Pie Ya’ll’s website had me drooling, I can’t even imagine what my sensory experience will be like once their storefront opens and I can see and smell and taste all of their delightful baked goods and homemade meals right on-site.
The good news? We won’t have to wait too long to visit in person as the adorably quaint Sharonville Depot is currently under renovation, being transformed into a kitchen and shop space worthy of all of owner and baker Heather Niesen’s heavenly creations.
It all started as a simple way to help others, Heather explained. “During the winter of 2018, our church began a fundraising campaign with Back2Back Ministries. We wanted to give, but weren’t sure where the money would come from. That’s when my daughter said, ‘Mom, you’re really good at making pie ... we should sell pie and raise $1,000 for Back2Back.’”
The Neisens reached their fundraising goal within a month. “After we wrote that first check, I kept on baking to help our family make ends meet,” Heather says. “What I thought would be a short-term project has turned into our family business—and labor of love.”
The past few years saw major growth for Good Pie Ya’ll—so much so that the Neisens realized they would need a storefront to add to their website order-and-pickup model. “As a family, we have a long history and deep connections with the City of Sharonville ... so when we saw a ‘for lease’ sign on the Sharonville Depot, we decided it was the right spot—we’re excited to be a part of this wonderful community!”
Still Giving Back
The Neisens found such joy in being able to give back, they continue to commit 10% of their profits to a local ministry or nonprofit whose mission is to serve families and children in vulnerable situations. “It has given us great joy to be able to fulfill this promise month after month,” Heather says.
They also host summer baking camps and classes for kids of all ages. “It’s truly one of the best parts of the job—I love seeing the excitement on our campers’ faces as they learn how to make all sorts of new things.”
How to Get a Piece of the Pie
Good Pie Ya’ll also makes an assortment of family friendly take-and-bake dinners, homemade soups, breads and salads in a variety of sizes. Until the Depot is finished in early 2022, there are several ways you can order:
Order online at www.goodpieyall.com (items for the weeks ahead are published regularly)
Schedule a pickup, either Fridays 3–6 p.m. on the porch at their Sharonville location (even while under construction), or Thursdays 3–6 p.m. at their temporary kitchen location at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Madeira
Schedule a pie delivery on Friday afternoon for a $10 fee (certain zip codes only)
3 Christmas Pie Must-Trys
Heather's holiday go-tos:
Sweet Rolls: “This Christmas we’re offering our signature cinnamon rolls and another holiday favorite—pecan sticky buns. They make great gifts or are perfect for Christmas morning!”
Pot Pie: “We use all fresh ingredients, slow-roasting the chicken and chuck roast until they are fork-tender. Our chicken and pot roast pot pies freeze well, are delicious, and our customers love them.”
Fudge Pie: “It’s a true Southern staple and comes with so many fond memories from my childhood. Eat this pie warmed up and topped with a scoop of peppermint ice cream and a drizzle of hot fudge sauce.”