Some would say Mike's Pies got its start in its first location, a 700 sq. ft. retail store in Tampa in 1992, but his mom knows better. The real origin of Mike's business began three generations ago with his Grandma Smith and he learned to make those pies from his mom, Jean. That started a tradition that would no doubt make them proud. Mom's recipes are the backbone of the award winning company. Mike's Pies' mission was then and still is today to provide a consistent high quality desserts.
The real story goes something like this. Mike, a Florida boy playing linebacker at the University of Kentucky in the mid 70's, loved to eat sweets...especially his mom's pies. He got tired of waiting for the holidays to eat them, so he asked mom to show him how so mom gave him a crash course on how to bake his favorite... Cherry pie. Mike has never got tired of eating sweets, and today Mike still engages in "quality control" every chance he gets.
When Mike settled down and got married in Tampa he started making pies and giving them as gifts to neighbors and friends at Christmas. After two years of friends and neighbors telling him "you should sell these" he tested the market by making the first pies out of the kitchen in his house. They were a hit and Mike's Pies opened up for business in South Tampa in 1992. The popularity of the pies grew, selling to a loyal following of local restaurant that opened the door to the distributor network. As sales expanded, Mike's Pies moved to a larger
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Currently, Mike's Pies has laid claim to 13 National Championships at the annual "Great American Pie Festival", further proof ...we cut no corners at Mike's Pies...because as Mike likes to say..."there are no corners on Pies!"
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A friend and neighbor of owners Mike and Gayle Martin, I have never known a harder working more dedicated businessman. Mike expects a lot from himself and therefor from is employees too. It shows in the consistency of his product. Everything is amazing, I wish I could tell you I have a favorite, there all too good to chose. I am truly like a kid at Christmas if I go to a party or event and Mike's Pies are there!
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