Many staff members at Jones & Swanson are Marietta and Cobb County natives, so anytime we can highlight a fellow small business in our local community – we seize the opportunity! If you’re local to the Cobb County area, you’ve likely heard of Pie Bar. The original location in Woodstock, Georgia did so well that a second location was opened in 2020 right here in our back yard on Powder Springs Street in Marietta!
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Pie Bar’s General Manager, Vivian, to learn more about their delicious pies, the local shops, and origin story.
Q: Tell us about yourself and your position at the Pie Bar?
My name is Vivian El-Salawy, I am a general manager for Pie Bar. I work with both our location in Marietta and our original location in Woodstock. I flip between shops and work with our team members. I do our marketing, social media and my favorite part which is getting to work with our guests.
Q: Tell us about yourself and what kind of hobbies you have outside of work.
Outside of work I’m an avid gardener and plant lover. My favorite plant is a money tree, I bought one a few years ago and it was maybe three feet tall when I bought it. I don’t how it’s gotten to be this size, but it’s now touching the ceiling.
Q: What brought Pie Bar to Marietta, and have you enjoyed being part of the community?
We originally planned to open our Marietta location in May of 2020, but due to Covid-19 it was delayed until August. We weren’t able to have a big grand opening due to the quarantine, so people have gradually learned about us by seeing our sign on the Marietta Square. The Woodstock location has been open almost seven years. Woodstock is focused on to-go style pie and Marietta has a bigger sit-down area. Our goal for the next year is to get more involved with local events and get to know the Marietta community better.
Q: How did the business originate?
Lauren and Cody Bolden are the owners of the Pie Bar. Lauren left her job at the governor’s office to pursue a career of baking. She had always loved baking in the past for her friends and coworkers and enjoyed seeing the joy it brought to people. She began selling pies at outdoor events like concerts and farmers markets. From there Lauren and her husband Cody began building their first shop in Woodstock.