No Dumplings or Pie
Xiu Li Zhou really was from Shanghai and had left there fairly recently, too. Chaconas said he communicated with her through an interpreter.
Beth Ziegler shrugs when asked why her (and husband David's) second Grand Traverse Pie Company couldn't survive at its E. Liberty location. "We thought it was a unique enough product"--an alternative to all the burgers and subs. "Corporate was excited about it. It does really well in two other college towns, Terre Haute and East Lansing."
Ziegler says their other location, on Zeeb Road in Scio Township, is doing fantastically well. There the clientele is mostly middle-aged women who take full advantage of the combination pie shop/bakery/casual restaurant, coming in for lunch and taking home a pie for dinner, or coming in for a snack and buying a sack of muffins for breakfast.