The Southern Pie Cafe in Chester, Vermont: More Than Just Great Pies!

Just imagine the smell of homemade pie, as fresh as the crisp Vermont air where it is baked, because that is what you will enjoy at the unique and friendly Southern Pie Café, located at 94 Common St. in Chester. Combining southern Dixie flavors with local ingredients, owners Scott and Leslie Blair are bringing these tasty desserts along with many other baked and luncheon delights, and serving breakfast, lunch, and coffee to their loyal customers every day. "As with many 'mom and pop' shops, you will most likely see me and or my wife in the shop everyday," owner Scott Blair said in a recent interview.


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Southern Pie Cafe

Originally from Charleston, S.C., Leslie met her husband, Scott who is originally from Lebanon, N.H., when they both worked at a Vermont bakery where she was the head baker. Leslie is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and has over 20 years of experience in the food industry, while Scott has 15 years of experience in retail sales, technology, and business management. When Scott was lucky enough to taste one of Leslie’s traditional southern pies, the rest, as they say, was history!

“When I tried one of Leslie’s pies, I enjoyed it so much that I told her it was time for us to focus solely on creating her wonderful pies, and we combined our food and management skills to create a business. That was four years ago now, and we continue to grow,” Scott said.

In 2018, after opening the Main Street Coffee and Scoop Shoppe on Main Street in Chester, Blair decided to combine forces with the pie bakery to open The Southern Pie Café, after a larger space became available on Main Street. “Last summer, several local business owners were suggesting to us that the Chester Green needed a traditional cafe after the previous establishment had moved to another out-of-town location,” Scott said. “As we contemplated this idea, it was suggested that the vacant leather shop building on The Green would be an ideal location for the café, so during ‘mud season,’ we merged the coffee/ice cream shoppe, and the pie company together and rebranded it as the Southern Pie Café.”

The café offers a breakfast menu that utilizes their own fresh eggs, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, as well as fresh quiche, and a parfait made with homemade granola. They also make their own ice cream with various pie flavors, and offer homemade brownies, lemon squares, scones and, of course, their very popular southern-style pies. “We also just started carrying artisan bread from Orchard Hill Breadworks and also offer various coffee and espresso drinks,” Blair added.

The café also features a small CBD shop and “chill corner” within the café, offering a small batch of CBD and hemp items such as oils, tinctures, salves, lotions, soaps, edibles, drinks, growing nutrients, and more. “The goal is to educate the public and bring reputable local products to the area,” Scott added. “Every first Monday of the month we have an open forum meeting to talk about hemp and cannabis. This is open to the public to come talk to farmers, customers with stories on how they use the products and how it has helped them. A big part of this event is to also keep everyone up to date on laws and regulations.”

The Southern Pie Café is open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 802-875-7437 or visit www.thesouthernpiecompany.com.