When Wendy and Dave Achatz pulled the first pie from their home oven, they couldn't have foreseen the immense success that those little slices of heaven would bring. Today, the big red ribbon was cut at Achatz Pies' Grand Reopening after a beautiful renovation of their Armada location, the flagship shop. Having been a tiny single counter affair for the past 15 years, the Achatz family celebrated in the new, larger, customer-friendly eatery.
In addition to the service counter behind which pies, soups, breads and potpies are sold, the new renovation opened the floor space to accommodate a coffee/cappucinno bar and comfy seating area. In the summer, roll-up doors will open the shop to the front porch and the surrounding view of Armada countryside.
John Paterek, Armada Township Supervisor, was present to help Wendy officially begin the grand opening. "We're proud to be the home of Achatz Pies. They are wonderful employers of our local families and we appreciate their enthusiasm to stay here in Armada. We welcome anyone who'd like to become an entrepreneur and grow with us here," said Paterek. Considering Armada's businesses, schools and per capita income Armada is, indeed, a growing community and a success story in Macomb County.
The first fifty visitors to the new shop this morning received a certificate for a free slice of pie per week for a year (yes, I was one of them...) and one lucky winner - yet to be determined at the time of this writing - won a whole pie per month for a year. Customers received coupons and reminders that all pies will be $3 off on January 23, National Pie Day.
Achatz has expanded to include six locations with a seventh opening in Beverly Hills, MI soon. Don't wait for the weather to warm up to head out to Armada - the Hungarian Mushroom Soup will do away with any chill as soon as you arrive.
*Thanks to an alert reader on the correction of my misidentification of Scott Achatz as Dave Achatz.