It was the busiest time of year for , on Wednesday, as customers continued to pick up their Thanksgiving pies as late as 5:30 p.m.
Leesburg resident Andrew Kramer said he would be purchasing an apple and blueberry pie to share with some friends in Arlington.
“I’ve been buying them on and off here for probably about eight years,” Kramer said. “The pies here are the best. It’s as simple as that. Whether it’s a Boston Creme pie, a blackberry pie, or a pumpkin pie; whatever they do is always first rate.”
Fairfax resident Frank Graviano said he’s been purchasing his pies from the bakery for at least ten years.
“They’re just amazing pies. There’s nothing like them,” he said. “There’s no other pie that even compares.”
Upon arrival, Graviano said he had plans to purchase a pecan and pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, the pecan was sold out, he said, but that issue was soon resolved.
“I bought a pecan pie and went to the grocery store and came back because they said the pumpkin was showing up at 4:30,” said Sterling resident Brenda Rian. “He was jonesing for a pecan pie and they didn’t have any so I sold it to him out of my car.”
Rian said she was previously a customer at the Sterling facility before it closed. Although it was more convenient, Rian said she still chooses to buy her pies from Mom's every year.
That’s great news for Owner Avis Renshaw who said this year was definitely busier than last. An estimated 1,500 pies had already been sold as 5:30 p.m. Unfortunately, there were a number of issues that put a damper on her holiday deliveries, Renshaw said.
“Our oven broke down, the main baker fell and broke his shoulder yesterday so we’ve been trying to catch up for two days,” Renshaw said. “Usually we have what people want and this year we haven’t and it’s been very frustrating and upsetting.
"We’ve been out of [pumpkin] for a couple hours and they’re just now coming out of the oven. So as soon as we get them boxed we’re going to bring them over here.”
On top of everything else, Renshaw said her delivery van was brought back from I-495 this evening, which contained a number of undelivered pies that were ordered for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“We do fundraisers with a lot of the schools and most of them have been really tremendous about it but they did not get everything they wanted. That breaks my heart,” Renshaw said. “No matter how happy people are I wince for the ones that aren’t but I’ll be going back with the pies that were supposed to be delivered until 11 p.m. tonight to make sure that happens.”
The bakery will remain open until about 7 p.m. Wednesday evening and will re-open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. That way, Renshaw said, customers will still have a chance to pick up one of their favorite pies.
“We’ll have beautiful pies,” Renshaw said. “When people come they’ll be here.”