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Veyo Pies a Mainstay for Locals, Tourists Alike

By Rachel Madison

December 6, 2013


St. George — In an unassuming white building on Main Street in the small town of Veyo in Southern Utah, hundreds of pies are handmade and sold weekly to nearby residents, tourists passing through and pie enthusiasts across the Southwest. This shop, aptly named Veyo Pies, has been in operation in one form or another for 28 years.

Devaney Lomenick, owner of Veyo Pies, worked off and on in the pie business in Veyo for 14 years. During that time, the pie shop was a part of the Veyo Merc, another business in the small town with a long history. About five years ago, Lomenick had the opportunity to purchase the pie business. She opened a standalone shop, across the street from the Veyo Merc, and has been churning out pies from it ever since.

“I don’t use the same recipes we used back then,” Lomenick said of her dozens of pie flavors. “I catered all the recipes to my tastes and liking. However, the dough and the pie crusts are the same recipe from then.”

Most of Veyo Pies’ customers come from St. George, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Lincoln County, Nev.

“We get people from all over—anybody who travels through,” she said. “We get lots of tourists during the summer. Most of our business comes from everywhere but Veyo.”

Lomenick said every pie that comes out of the shop is handmade. The shop sells an average of 100 pies a day, but during major holidays, that can increase to nearly 400 a day. This Thanksgiving, Lomenick sold 1,299 pies in three days.

“A lot of effort goes into making them one by one instead of in bulk,” she said. “We have six people employed right now, seven including me, and we do it all in a 600-square-foot space.”

Veyo Pies offers a variety of different pie flavors, including fruit pies, cream pies, double crust pies and specialty pies.

“We can make pretty much anything,” Lomenick said. “If someone calls in and wants a pie their grandma made when they were little, we try to do that.”

The shop’s most famous pies include the banana cream pie, apple pie and the Veyo Volcano pie, which is named after a mountain summit in the Veyo area. That pie consists of a graham cracker crust and layers of sweetened cream cheese, chocolate and butterscotch. The shop also sells pastries, dinner rolls, French bread, homemade pot pies, deli sandwiches and smoked tenderloin barbecue sandwiches.

“Our business is different,” Lomenick said. “We’re not just about making pies. We’re about making pies the way pies were made here for years, and we can’t say enough how important it is that the tradition be carried on. We have so much pride in how we make the pies the correct way. We’re a little shop out in the middle of nowhere that’s been here for a long time. We bring good customer service and delicious pies.”

Veyo Pies is located at 24 S. Main St. in Veyo. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit veyopies.com.

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