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Daily Inspiration: Meet Evin Spain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evin Spain.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
There is a family recipe for chocolate pie that I am the fourth generation to bake. When I learned to make that pie, it started a hobby of making (and eating!) pies for fun. After several years, people would often suggest I sell them or “open a pie shop”, they’d say. But it was never something I took seriously. Baking pies is fun and easy for me on its own, but doing it as a business seemed impossible and ridiculous.

My strengths are not left-brained, businesss minded problems. I am a creative and a dreamer, maybe even to a fault; in that I am able to get lost in a daze while pondering pie and its possibilities. That’s why I need a business partner. Our partnership is what makes everything possible. Her name is Amanda, and she is awesome. She pitched me on the idea of the pie business, and it was an idea that excited me in a way that was impossible to resist. So I leaned in. We also happen to be married.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There is always struggle. Starting a business can be really confusing and complicated when trying to obtain all of the proper licensing, workspace, and equipment. Just trying to get into a Farmer’s Market felt daunting but once we had our first day at the Montrose Harvest Market the payoff was palpable. Sometimes one doesn’t know what they need until they attempt a job and find themselves in need of something particular. There is a lot of learning on the go. We are so small that we are still doing everything ourselves. The blessing of more business could also bring the complications of hiring staff, which seems mind-boggling to even consider. But I look forward to the day I can give someone outside of my family a job. Whether it is a mountain of paperwork or pie crust, I try to only concentrate on the next task in front of me; and then move on to the next in a similar fashion.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Pie Maker. That is, I make pies. I make crusts, and I fill them with ingredients both sweet and savory. I make them fresh from scratch and by hand. I do all the pies that you know and love and few of which you’ve probably never heard. I am not trying to reinvent any classics. So when I make a chicken pot pie, there won’t be anything weird or surprising in it, just quality ingredients treated with the care and respect they deserve. My pumpkin pie is just a pumpkin pie, but I use impeccably sourced spices that I specially mix per pie. I focus on giving you the best possible version of what a traditional holiday can be. But I also do a Chicken Chile Verde Pot Pie and a Pumpkin Mousse Pie if you are looking for something different. I am really proud of my recipe for a Browned Butter and Buttermilk Pie topped with a Salted Pecan Praline. We are the only ones with that pie. Wow, that one is crushingly decadent!

How do you think about happiness?
There is more to be happy about in this world than not. There is, for me, more that is good to focus on. I am priviledged enough in this moment both spiritually and temporally to be able to say that. I don’t always feel that way. Happiness is a word we often use to describe a goal of permanent being as if it is a state we can achieve and maintain. At its core, happiness seems to be this recognition that though something bad has happened/is happening/is going to happen, everything is really going to be okay again if it’s not already. And that gives us a way to be okay when things are getting hard. But there is also the happiness that comes from pleasure. There is the pleasure of rest after putting in a long day, the pleasure of accomplishment when a recipe finally coalesces, the pleasure of compliments for a long-crafted creation, the pleasure that comes from making friendships with people with different stories and talents. Without a doubt, the most satisfying part of this business so far is finding a community of people striving and creating to make things better for themselves and others. It is deeply inspiring and encouraging.

Pricing:

  • Full Size 9″ Pies $25-$40
  • Mini Pies $6 to $7
  • 6pack Minis 1 Flavor $25 to $30
  • 6pack Minis 2 Flavor $30 to $35
  • 6pack Minis 3 Flavor $35 to $40

Contact Info:

  • Email: evinsminipies@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @evinsminipies
  • Other: 323-307-1950 call or text

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