In 2009, Mike and Mary Jo took temporary leave from the hectic pace of the Vancouver film industry. The couple chose Salmon Arm to fulfill their personal dreams of building a pie shop and restoring an older home. In the five years since their arrival, they have accomplished that and so much more. The Shuswap Pie Company has become a community nexus for art and music as well as pie and coffee. It employes two dozen people and features local produce and products such as Little Red Hen Artisan Bread and Crannog Ale.
As it’s now become a favourite stop for so many of us, and a anchor in the downtown core, it’s important for Mary Jo and Mike to share some exciting news with the community. Effective October 1, the Shuswap Pie Company is owned by long-time manager and life-long resident, Tovah Shantz.
As for everything else, it’s business as usual; same great staff, same yummy recipes, same friendly service. “Tovah’s been with us along the way, we’re so pleased to have built this solid business with her help and now she can call it her own with a solid team behind her including Drew Jackson, Emily Valentini and Jordan Dick. “There comes a time when you have to pass the rolling pin and this team is ready” says Mary-Jo of the sale.
The couple, who recently sold their restored home, are planning a return to the film industry. “The film business has always been a part of our lives and with the prospect of a very exciting production afoot, it seemed like the right time to re-enter the industry” says Mike of the decision to return to Vancouver.
“Of course we’ll miss it” says the couple. “But we know it’s in good hands and we know the Shuswap Pie Company is bigger than just us. It’s part of the community now. We look forward to coming back as guests and enjoying a visit with our many friends and loyal customers.”