The quirky house that pie built: Showboat’s Drive By Pie in Granby gears up for the holidays
The details: Everybody loves pie
What: Showboat’s Drive By Pie
Where: 54 First St. in Granby
Contact: 970-887-1111; showboatsdrivebypie.com
Hours: Check Showboat’s Facebook page for the latest hours of operation
More: For the remainder of 2017, Showboat’s will donate $5 from every pie purchased and donate it to the East Grand School District’s school lunch program.
Sherry Kent is a quirky local entrepreneur. She’s a self-described hippie baker with a ski bum’s heart who operates one of the most unique businesses you’ll find.
Just one block off Granby’s main drag is Showboat’s Drive By Pie, Kent’s drive-through pie shop, which is as wonderfully unusual as its owner.
“I just made it up,” Kent said of her unusual business model. “I found this property and someone suggested a drive-by liquor store, but that isn’t really my thing.
“I figured if I could sell pies in a gas station in Granby then maybe that crowd would follow me. Pies seem to be a timeless thing.”
Kent is now gearing up for a busy holiday season of pie sales and is also staying busy with the other aspects of her business: catering, personal chef work and take-and-bake meal options.
Pies have been a good business for Kent, who likes to say she was able to pay off chef school by selling apple pies. Her Killer Apple Pie is Showboat’s best-seller, though there are several other options including pumpkin pies, mixed-berry pies and the quintessentially Colorado green chili apple pie. But Kent also offers a ski season take and bake menu that includes half-pound breakfast burritos, red chili, one-and-a-half or three pounds of meatloaf, lasagna, chicken cordon blue, pot pie and cinnamon raisin bread.
Originally from northern Michigan, Kent is a lifelong skier and first moved to Grand County in 1980 to attend Winter Park Ski School tryouts.
Throughout her life, Kent has been drawn to powder-covered slopes and early on she realized the food industry was a wise choice of profession because “it was a good way to make sure I had dinner,” she said with a hearty chuckle.
Kent’s time as a culinary professional began in the early 1990s after she attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore. After graduating she became the pastry chef for the Arlberg Club, a private club and ski lodge at Winter Park Resort. After four years at Arlberg, Kent struck out on her own and opened a small bakery at the Grand Lake Marina.
Chris-Craft boats were — and still are — popular with Grand Lake’s boating set and when Kent was opening her Grand Lake bakery there was a Chris-Craft boat named Showboat owned by a local man.
“Showboat looked like my childhood water skiing boat from northern Michigan,” Kent said. It was that likeness that inspired her shop’s name.
After operating her bakery in Grand Lake for a time, Kent moved her business to Granby. It was first located in the former Mega-Matt building where Kum & Go now stands. But about 10 years ago Kent found her current space, located on the alley just off First Street between Highway 40 and Jasper Avenue.
Kent’s been in pie heaven ever since, except when she’s in her own slice of heaven on Grand County’s mountains.
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