Family-Run Pie Shop in Monroe Gets National Attention

Angie Scott, sisters & mother

Monroe, VA - Running Woodruff's Cafe and Pie Shop in Monroe is a family matter. As soon as you walk inside the cozy shop, you're greeted by three sisters and their 96-year-old mom Mary Woodruff. The youngest daughter, Angie Scott, is the owner and pie maker.

They grew up in the home right behind the shop.

"It started back in 1952 when my parents opened it as a grocery store," said Angie Scott.

It served the community for 30 years before closing.

"It just sat empty, and it had such family history here, I just decided to open it up," said Scott.

She opened the deli and pie shop in 1998. Fifteen years later, Angie and her sisters are busier than ever. Their apple pie was recently featured in Southern Living Magazine, and now, they're just trying to keep up with demand without sacrificing any flavor.

"I always say it's the environment we have here. A lot of love goes into the pies. People feel like they're sitting in their grandma's kitchen when they walk into this place," said Scott.

But Angie says this is about more than just the pies. It's about the customers, some Mary Woodruff has known for decades.

"I just enjoy meeting people. We have so many lovely friends and customers," said Woodruff, who has been nicknamed "The Entertainer."

And of course, they get to do it together.

"Who gets to work with their families? My sisters are great, they're helpful. My mom is a comedian. We have fun. It's a great job," said Scott.

Scott says if business stays as busy as it's been, she may have to hire another person to help her make the pies. She says they've been selling out very quickly, and she hates when people leave empty-handed.