Dolores Dombrouski started her House of Pies in her hometown of Onaway, with a few rhubarb pies sold in front of her antique shop. Then, joined by her daughter Cindy Sischo, outgrew pie shops in Cheboygan and Petoskey before finding home in the sweet little yellow house facing Crooked Lake in Oden.

There’s no denying the pair’s fabulous fruit pies are an Up North staple in summertime, but the week before Thanksgiving just may take the cake: demand surges so high, the pair enlists the help of 31 other family members to keep the place pumping out pies 24 hours a day. Says Sischo, “That’s how they get their dinner. They wait on the customers, do the dishes, and keep the showcase filled. We have Thanksgiving dinner here at the pie shop. We fill the ovens with four turkeys, baked beans and everything else.”

Which pie will you try? The pair’s specialty is cream pies—think coconut, banana, pineapple, butterscotch and nearly a dozen more—but  if you want to go true North, slice into one of these sweet summer specials: the mile-high Michigan strawberry pie or the award-winning cherry crumb, made with the finest Montmorency cherries trucked up from orchards around Traverse City. Find House of Pies 8 miles north of Petoskey. 4577 North on U.S. 31. 231-347-6525, HOUSEOFPIES.NET.

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