By Anthony Brancaleone

With all the beautiful pies and pastries nestled inside this West Village bakery it is easy to overlook the charming exterior of its refurbished building. Therefore, I have taken the opportunity to provide an image of what makes me think of Old Detroit – when the city was referred to as the Paris of the West.

That said; it is the interior workings of this neighborhood shop that has led in the struggle to enhance the day-to-day of its surroundings. Brought to life by owner Lisa Ludwinski and crew, Sister Pie prides itself on delivering seasonally based sweet, and sometimes savory, delectables that are produced using unique ingredients and combinations. For instance, each pie, like its Salted Maple and Red Hot Chocolate, uses only high fat French butter, and Sister Pie’s fruit fillings are chosen in accordance with Michigan’s growing season.

The interior provides room for customers with a morning or afternoon sweet tooth. Those taking a coffee and slice break usually fill the community table and chairs, but there is also seating that lines the windows, where people chat and wait for their turn to order. Being a corner building allows for the bakery to receive plenty of natural light throughout the day, which only adds to an already thoughtful interior design. And, the staff, in my experience, has consistently been courteous and communicative during the several times that I have been a customer.

Sister Pie is certainly beloved by the neighborhood, but there are many who drive miles to pick up their handmade, reinterpreted baked goods. Currently, the shop is featuring Salted Maple, Chocolate Coconut, Malted Lime, and the Banana Pete, with slices at $4 and whole pies at $28. But, there are usually chocolate brownies, a variety of interesting cookies, and various pastries that seem to sprout daily from the staff’s imagination just in case pie isn’t your thing.

Ludwinski posts images for her 20k person following on Instagram several times per day, so look for new product and fresh dance moves at sisterpiedetroit. Open Tuesday – Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm

Sister Pie | 8066 Kercheval Ave, Detroit MI (313) 447. 5550