Insider guide to Long Beach, CA
Laurie Gray opened her Kickstarter-funded bakery this year after ditching her executive banking gig. What was once a Quiznos in formerly corporate downtown is now The Pie Bar, where Gray whisks coconut cream from scratch, crimps dough, and bakes all varieties of pies. You can sample four tastes when you order a “pie flight”; shot glasses are filled with popular specialties, from Key lime to bourbon pecan. Most flavors also come in mini mason jars for handheld pie on the fly. Gray’s Little Chef oven from her childhood is on display—a nod to how long she’s been dreaming of baking.