Some would say Mike's Pies got its start in its first location: a 700-sq. ft. retail store in Tampa in 1992, but Mike's 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 consistently 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 to make them himself. Mom gave him a crash course on how to bake his favorite: cherry pie. Mike has never gotten tired of eating sweets, and today he 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 huge hit and Mike's Pies opened for business in South Tampa in 1992. The popularity of the pies grew, selling to a loyal following of local restaurants, which opened the door to the distributor network. As sales expanded, Mike's Pies moved to a larger space to accommodate the growth in 2004. In January of 2011, Mike's made its biggest jump to a brand new, state-of-the-art, 30,000 square foot facility.
Today, you just might be eating Mike's Pies in one of your favorite restaurants anywhere from Maine to Hawaii! As his company has grown, his pies have made their way onto menus in 38 states across the country! But one thing hasn't changed: Mike's Pies commitment to quality, and desserts made without adding fillers, preservatives, or other artificial ingredients. 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!"