Suzanne Butler, who has grown up with the business since she was 17, says that a business should first consider the community it’s based within.
“Growing up within a business it shows to me that you choose your family, sure you’re born with blood relatives but you choose your family. We want anyone who is involved with this to know it’s not just business. There is too much business in Auckland. But you need community, and how better to create that sense then around food.”
The ladies list off the places around central Auckland and the owner’s names of each one, complimenting their food and showing that they themselves are working hard to solidify their own space within the community.
“One thing about Auckland is that there is a fantastic food network,” Danielle says. “The people we’ve come in contact with in the last few years are just fantastic people who just inspire us to do better.”
The Pie Piper, located on 321 Karangahape Road, specialises around an American style dinner. Offering cabinet pies in flavors such as Key Lime, Smores, Pecan, and Salted Caramel Apple Pie.
The kitchen will also be providing authentic American style doughnuts, with Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Crumble, Maple Bacon and Peanut Butter Jelly among others it’s no wonder that the number of doughnuts leaving the store each day is more than either of the Butler women can count.
When the store opens, it will also be offering a short deli inspired savory menu, including eventual gluten free options.
Sticking to the American diner feel, the store offers only filtered coffee. “If someone wants a latte then fine,” says Danielle. “But you’re in the wrong shop.”
The 65-square meter store is a small space but compared to most the other boutique shops located in on K Road it fits in rather well. And although it’s small space the kitchen has the ability to churn out 2,500 doughnuts a day.