Sister Pie has won this year’s Hatch Detroit contest for startup businesses.
The company won $50,000 from Comerica Bank to create pies, cookies, breads and breakfast pastries, among other products using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Hatch Detroit will provide legal, accounting, marketing and IT services.
Sister Pie beat out finalists Cockadoodle restaurant and cafe, Gabriel Hall bar and restaurant and Third Wave Music instrument store.
This is the fourth year for the contest, which is sponsored by Comerica. The Detroit Lions was a co-sponsor for the first time this year.
Sister Pie started in late 2012, according to its website, and has grown from a home bakery serving friends to a licensed bakery that sells its products online and at Detroit specialty stores and holiday markets. Their bakery is at the Hannan House kitchen, 4750 Woodward.
The bakery’s owners are looking to renovate and open in the West Village at the corner of Kercheval and Parker streets, according to Hatch Detroit.
“This year, we received more quality applications than ever before and all four finalists truly impressed not only us but the community, too,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “Congratulations to Sister Pie.”
Said Michael T. Ritchie, president of Comerica Bank-Michigan: “This contest is a prime example of the tremendous drive and determination of entrepreneurs in Detroit.”
Batch Brewing, which hopes to become Detroit’s first nanobrewery, won the 2013 contest — and $50,000 prize — last August. Co-owners Stephen Roginson and Jason Williams are rehabbing a building at 1400 Porter in Corktown. No opening date has been set.
Other past winners include La Feria, a Spanish-style tapas bar that opened in Midtown last year, and Hugh, a Midtown home decor store that specializes in bachelor pad styles.
Notable alumni who didn’t win the contest include: The Detroit Institute of Bagels, which opened this year in Corktown; Busted!, a Midtown bra boutique; Spielhaus Toys, a toy store that has popped up downtown; and Detroit Vegan Soul, which opened in West Village.