Joe Schlott's first pie shop was in Fairview Park, but the opening today of his second Gray House Pies shop on Detroit Road in Westlake is a homecoming of sorts.
Schlott got his start baking out of his home on Bassett Road. At first his pies were only for family and friends, but eight years ago his wife Darlene talked him into selling them to other people from the porch.
"We had this old farmhouse," Schlott said. "I really didn't expect anyone to stop, but the phones started ringing off the hook. People were saying it was the best pie they ever had."
Sales took off, boosted by parishioners across the street at St. Ladislas Church who told their friends about the amazing pies they got at the Schlott’s big gray house. A light bulb went off, and Joe had the perfect name for his business: Gray House Pies.
Schlott opened his first store at 22560 Lorain Road in Fairview Park. With his business growing, Schlott decided to open a second location.
Gray House Pies is back in Westlake again at 26075 Detroit Road. The shop, located in Canterbury Square, will host an official grand opening later in the month.
The two stores offers more than 60 varieties of pies, quiches and savory pub pies. Customer favorites include key lime, Almond Joy Cream and Sunshine, a combination of peaches and cherries. Among the offerings are caramel apple, sweet potato pie and the Elvis, a combination of banana and peanut butter cream.
Then there's the pie milkshake made with whole milk, ice cream and pie.
"I think it's going to be a really popular thing," Schlott said, adding that he got the idea a shop in San Francisco. "I actually didn't think it would be good, but it's great."
Gray House Pies uses ingredients such as free-range eggs, organic milk and avoids artificial ingredients or fillers.
Schlott always wanted to be a baker, and was accepted at the Culinary Institute of America, but turned it down to pursue a more secure profession as a mortgage broker. But during his 22 years as a broker, he never stopped baking.
Gray House Pies continues to win local awards, such as Cleveland’s Best Pie from EatingCleveland.com.
The new location features seating for on-the-spot pie enjoyment. For information on pies and prices, visit their website or call 440-360-7870.