It’s almost like stepping back into the past. Time is just sort of suspended once you walk in the door.
1930s music is playing, the lady behind the counter is making pies, photos of old family picnics decorate the walls, and the candy you remember as a kid is right there on the shelf.
How long has it been since you’ve had a Black Cow (I didn’t even know they were still made), or an O Henry candy bar?
And candy cigarettes??? Who would’ve thought they could survive in this O-So-Politically-Correct-New Age?
My friends and I fake-smoked and ate a lot of those little abominations and get this: we understood the difference between candy and the real thing. Just as playing with all those squirt guns and cap guns didn’t lead to actual Bonnie & Clyde type criminality, “smoking” those sugar sticks didn’t result in an addiction to nicotine.
If a really wonderful dessert is what you seek, this is it.
The Key Lime Pie may be the best I’ve ever eaten, and the Blackberry Cobbler is great, too.
Although they have seating both inside and out, I always get mine to go. The servings are generous enough to share or put some back in the fridge for later.
You won’t see a huge case full of everything – their products are handmade and fresh and therefore, limited. Kind of like you’d expect from a Mom & Pop type store because…well, that’s what it is.
The Oak Street Pie and Candy is located right next to the locally famous and original Babe’s (more on that later) on Oak Street in Roanoke. Babe’s offers nothing for dessert – unless you want some honey on your biscuit – so the Pie Company is really convenient for that after dinner sweet.
The last time I dropped in, a young mother was there with her 2 children and I heard her telling them that some of the candy was the kind she ate when she was a kid (I’m guessing in the early 1990s). We struck up a conversation and she said they lived in Flower Mound, a very nice and spanking new affluent town which is booming. However, she brings the kids to Roanoke to see that there’s a different kind of life, where things are valued for their longevity.
Roanoke has done a really marvelous job refurbishing their old town section. They’ve kept the old and the new is well integrated.
More on the rest of it later.
I wanted to begin with one of my new favorite places.
If you want to visit them online, go here. The price list is for whole pies, but they sell single servings, too. Looks like they sell boxed lunches and that a lunch menu is coming soon.