By Kelly Youngblood
Emily Moon Kroner has had her eye on the small brick building located next door to her beautiful Italianate home in Mahomet for years.
Kroner, who has been making pies in her own kitchen for family and friends for decades, imagined it would make a great pie shop one day.
“I love to make pies,” Kroner said. “We always thought that building would be so perfect.”
The 504 square foot building, originally constructed in the 1920’s, sits on the corner of Oak Street and Vine Street and is just steps away from Kroner’s front door.
The building has housed many businesses over the years including a gas station, beauty shop, antique store, and most recently, a coffee shop.
As luck would have it, the building became available this past winter after the owner of The Coffee Station announced he was closing.
Kroner jumped at the opportunity to rent the building and started renovations in February. She plans to officially open the doors to Lucky Moon Pies and More in June.
Kroner will offer dessert pies by the slice, whole pies by request, quiches, hand pies (similar to calzones), and even “meat” pies such as chicken potpie.
“I hope to get a lunch crowd,” Kroner said.
She also plans to bake other sweet treats such as brownies and cookies too.
While the building and parking lot is too small to offer dine-in service, Kroner hopes people will stop in to grab lunch or dessert to go.
Kroner says aside from making pies, she’s mostly looking forward to interacting with her customers when she opens.
So far, she’s optimistic about the community’s response.
“I have no clue how it’s going to go. I think it’s going to go well,” Kroner said. “People verbally are very supportive and I’m excited for it.”
Hours for Lucky Moon Pies and More will be Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.