We opened the Grand Traverse Pie Company in downtown Traverse City on the 19th of July in 1996. We had six employees, our daughter Kellee was 10 years old, our son Bobby was five years old. Mike’s mom Barb was our bookkeeper. We still own and operate the original shop. Mom passed away in 2001, and Kellee and Bobby have gone on to college and careers, but they are still very passionate about pie, so who knows, perhaps there will be pie in their future?
There are now 15 Grand Traverse Pie shops across Michigan and Indiana. Whether a franchise shop or a company-owned shop, each GT Pie shop bakes pie every day with the same passion that Denise and I started with 16 sweet years ago. We have evolved into a family of bakery cafés, where we offer gourmet soups, sandwiches, salads, pot pies, quiche, espresso, and of course over 40 varieties of pie.
Our vision at the Grand Traverse Pie Company is to spread our love for pie throughout everything that we make and do. We call it “Warming Hearts and Community through Pie”.
Whether it’s a warm pie just out of the oven, a tasty sandwich just off the grill, or a delivery of a catering order for several thousand, we are committed to quality products, warm and friendly service, and to truly making a positive difference in your day.
Enjoy the day and Warm your heart with Pie,
Mike and Denise Busley – Founders and Chief Pie-ologists