Rare Grooves kitchen tour - Annie Pies

Meet Annie - Professional pie slinger by day, badass mama at night. We visited Annie to find out a little more about the balance of pie making and toddler wrangling. We got to see her in action, whipping up delicious mini pies (ridiculously cute!) and hanging with her awesome 3 year old son, Auggie (also ridiculously cute)! Each and every palm sized pie is carefully filled and baked with rainbows, sunshine and magic - well, at least they look & taste that way. Watching Auggie hang with his mom, under baking racks, doing his thing while his mama works cool and collected above him, was awesome. I loved spending time with these two and it was super rad seeing Annie make the best pies around!

Here's a little Q & A with Annie!

How long have you lived in Portland? Cumulatively, 15 years! I moved here in 1999, moved away for art school for a bit, and came back in 2001.

What is the best part about making mini pies? Seeing people's faces and reaction when they eat them. Totally the best! Also seeing hundreds of identical, adorable tiny pies all lined up like an army of sweetness is pretty rad too.

How has living in Portland influenced you as a pie maker? Oh man, how has it not?? I grew up in a restaurant, but Portland (for the most part) fosters the DIY, pull yourself up by your bootstraps work ethic. We're in a perfect geographic location for accessing amazing produce and food products. The cool thing about Portland right now, is that the food industry is so creative, so all encompassing, and pretty welcoming and supportive of people who are self taught, as long as you can prove that you have a good product and can work hard. And the community is very receptive and supportive of local food businesses. I feel fortunate to be doing what I'm doing in this time and place.

What is your favorite breakfast spot in Portland? I live near the Cricket Cafe on SE Belmont and love their skillets. I like that they don't do anything crazy, just a solid, super consistent breakfast joint. But, I daydream about brunch at Tasty n Sons. I also have a three year old, so I don't get out as much as I'd like. Womp womp!

Top 3 things you have learned from running your business? 1. Moms run shit. 2. I'm actually sort of using my art degree! Whaaat?? 3. If I can do this, I can do anything.

Give a quick snapshot of your typical work day. After rallying the kiddo through breakfast and to school, I get to the kitchen, respond to emails, check my inventory and production sheet, place food orders, get the kitchen ready for production, and (depending on the day) make/portion/form/bake 4 different types of pie crusts usually around 500, chop/bake fruit fillings, make giant batches of ganache/caramel/other fillings and toppings, try to remember to eat and drink water, clean up/dishes, rush to pick up the kiddo from preschool, make dinner, bedtime, pass out, do it all again the next day...

If you could do anything in the world right now, what would it be? Take a nap? Just kidding! Either go on a national food tour (SF, LA, Chicago, NYC, Seattle, also Vancouver BC) or a desert road trip. Dessert road trip isn't a bad idea either, haha! 


 Be sure to follow @iloveanniepies on Instagram for a peek at Annie's delicious creations,

and visit her website for ordering details.

May 11, 2015 by Cora >>

Rare Grooves Studio Tour - Honeyfox Jewelry


Heidi Lieberman is an Oregon native. She rides a motorcycle. She listens to Honky Tonk. Her company is called Honeyfox, and she makes beautiful native-inspired Jewelry. Get lost in her IG account for a while, and you will see why we wanted to use her studio as our backdrop for this week's edition of Rare Grooves. We love to meet up with people who put plenty of soul into their work, so it was really inspiring to catch up with Heidi and enjoy some rare spring sunshine with her pups, her dude and her motorcycle. Scroll down to see more pics!

Here's a little Q & A with Heidi of Honeyfox!

How long have you lived in Portland?  I’ve lived here for 13 years but was born and raised in Oregon.

What is the biggest influence of your personal style? I’d say its a mixture of  the music I listen to and nature. I’m a jeans, boots, t shirt girl and always have been.

When you aren’t making amazing jewelry, what’s your favorite thing to do? Take my dogs somewhere beautiful and enjoy the outdoors.

What music on your playlist is in heaviest rotation at the moment? Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, Sturgill Simpson…basically all country.

Give us one of your absolute best memories as a kid. Riding ponies on my Grandmas ranch in Southern Oregon.

Give a quick snapshot of your typical work day. I usually head into my studio with a cup of coffee and my dogs. Put some music on and start working. Beading is pretty tedious so I take a short break every few hours  to stretch my legs and back. And then I work until my eyes are blurry haha!

If you could do anything in the world right now, what would it be? I would travel all over it! 


Be sure to follow @Honeyfoxheidi on Instagram for a peek at Heidi's process and a daily dose of her inspiration, and visit her Etsy shop to see all of the gorgeous pieces she has available
May 04, 2015 by Cora >>
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