People who stop into Savary Island Pie Company for a latte, lunch and carrot cake generally have no idea of the hardships that faced the original founder, Eileen Walkem-Hall.
Having spent years trying to make ends meet, essentially penniless on Bowen Island, Eileen started selling pies, muffins and cinnamon buns at the Cypress Bowl cafeteria during ski season. From there, she rented a small space on Marine and 25th and her reputation started to take shape. Finally, on April 17, 1989 she opened Savary Island Pie Co. on Marine Drive between 15th and 16th where you will see it today.
Like most successful small businesses, they take a ton of hard work and sacrifice in order to not only get off of the ground, but stay prosperous. Having the community support these businesses is key to the long-term success of West Vancouver and will give confidence to other entrepreneurs thinking of starting a new business.
If you are thinking of finally making the jump and working for yourself as opposed to someone else, what better place to sit back, enjoy a wonderful meal and be at one with your thoughts than Savary Island.
For more information about Eileen Walkem-Hall as well as the Bakery and Restaurant menu's, please click on the link below.
Jesse Dean Cook