Sweet Lucy’s Pies opens its first storefront
Story and photos by Meda Kessler
Lindsey Lawing is finally hanging an “open for business” sign on a building 10 years after she gave birth to Lucy, her daughter, and started baking pies to support them both. It’s only fitting that she’s taking over the former home of Daddy Ray’s Famous Gingerbread near TCU. “Lucy is older and more independent now, and this deal fell into my lap, as the owners of the building reached out to me,” says Lindsey. She got her start baking pies in between working at Reata Restaurant and attending the University of Texas at Arlington, taking advantage of a new cottage industry movement allowing people to use their home kitchen to make and sell certain foods. Her family pitched in, especially her sister, Jodi Maria, who bakes cookies as a side gig. Lindsey started out at small weekend markets and now is a popular regular at the Saturday Clearfork Farmers Market in Fort Worth, where she’ll continue to sell. She still keeps things simple, including using a dough recipe that yields the flakiest crust in North Texas and ingredients from Texas distillers (whiskey for her pecan pie), and sourcing goods from area farmers (fruit, veggies, honey, eggs). “While we’re going to be mainly a manufacturing kitchen, we will sell pies and baked goods from Fort Worth Cookie Gal three days a week to start. I’d also like to do picnic baskets to encourage people to use the park across from the shop.” Lindsey also plans to use her new space for baking classes and to start a women-led incubator program to help others. “I want to create what I wished existed when I was starting out.” As for her pies, she will offer customer favorites and seasonal specials, along with more savory numbers. Look for a grand opening mid-February.
3520 Blue Bonnet Circle, Fort Worth, 817-727-6009, sweetlucyspies.com