Photo by Marilyn Botta
Native Augustan, Colleen Hall, spent 25 years as a radiation therapist with MCG before opening her pie eatery two years ago in August. “I always liked to bake,” she reflected “but I started out making breads mostly for the Augusta Market downtown.” From there she introduced her baked loaves to Columbia County’s Evans Market, and her culinary interests broadened to sweet pies which landed her at the current Verandah Drive location. Nowadays her farmhouse-style drop-in bake shop includes savory pies, cinnamon rolls and a rich Buona Caffe coffee made uniquely for the Pie Hole customers. Colleen’s pride shows up in the homemade rustic pie crusts made from freshly milled wheat, which are preservative-free. The first time I tried the house-favorite Apple Crumb pie at a local neighborhood gathering, I went back to get seconds only to see the pie had not survived the circling onlookers. Another best-seller, according to the owner, is the peanut butter pie which has soft mounds of fluffy peanut butter filling. Colleen enjoys being flexible with her daily menus and encourages clients to mention their favorite pie recommendations— she bakes to please.
Among this year’s seasonal pick-up orders are traditional pumpkin, sweet potato praline, pumpkin spice, southern pecan, apple crumb, traditional apple, and derby pies. Customers can place requests online, by phone or in person. The Thanksgiving selections start November 1st and end the 21st; there will be 3 scheduled pick-up times. Colleen still makes bread and sells banana, pumpkin, apple and cinnamon-raisin mini-loaves from her counter. Another great purchase to keep in mind while perusing the Pie Hole chalkboard menu is the hand-lettered signs on display in the store. The decorative signs, crafted by Cottage 4610, are the “real deal” salvaged pieces of wood from old farms. They are designed and lettered completely by hand. Cottage 4610 takes orders for personalized text, colors and has a variety of one-of-a-kind farmhouse pieces.
Make sure you drop by the Pie Hole for Thanksgiving— you’re sure to find something your guests will thank you for!
Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.