Jim and Beth Kimberlin opened the doors at 4 p.m. Thursday.
“I do not think people realized The Pie Factory was closed,” Beth said. “As soon as we hooked up the phones, they started ringing.”
The shop on Wednesday was bright, spacious and clean — extremely clean. It was all hands on deck as a group of six people scurried about.
The Kimberlins haven’t gotten much sleep the past few days, scrubbing everything down and preparing for the big opening. They closed on the deal a week before Thanksgiving.
Jim and Beth were friends with former co-owners Kevin LaRose and Kevin McCabe.
“We didn’t know they were wanting to close it,” Jim said. “It was a shock.”
Beth still remembers the phone call from Jim, the sense of urgency in his voice as he said he wanted to talk to her.
When she got home that night, Jim told her about LaRose and McCabe selling the business.
He wanted to buy it.
“There was a lot of talking over the next couple weeks: ‘Can we get this up and running? Do we have enough people to help when we are working?’” Beth said.
They reached a deal within weeks. Friends and former Pie Factory employees stepped up to help.
Family friend Mary Garard, former employees Liana Miller and Linda Sebolt, and the Kimberlins’ son, James, are the workers you’ll see behind the counter making pizzas, pies and baked goods.
In short, the place is all things pie.
The baked goods and pizza are made with the same recipes the previous owners used.
The Pie Factory won Best Carryout Pizza in a local pizza challenge three years in a row.
“If it’s working, don’t change it,” Jim said.
While he anticipates entering local pizza contests this year, he’s already rolling out the promotions.
“We’re working on some specials the week leading up to the Super Bowl,” Jim said.
On Friday, the Kimberlins and their friends held a party to celebrate the new business. The event also marked the five-year anniversary of Jim’s kidney transplant.
“I’m doing good,” Jim said. “A little tired after all this.”
The Pie Factory
Where: 210 W. Perkins Ave., behind Universal Plaza.
Phone: 419-625-PIES (7437)
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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