Taking Care of Business: Slice of heaven at Pie Pop Up

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

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SWEET SURPRISE – Chef Kraig Thome (right) and staff slice pies and package the pieces for a hungry crowd at The Bake Shop’s Pie Pop Up. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“Everybody wants pie!” announced a little girl as she left the Pie Pop Up in downtown Boyd Friday morning.

She and her mother were among the first in line at Kraig and Letty Thome’s most recent pop up at The Bake Shop, a spinoff of the famous gogo gumbo.

The shop, next door to gogo, opened at 11 a.m., and when I arrived at 10:58 a.m., the line was already out the door. Sold by the slice, the menu featured desserts that helped put gogo on the map, including pies, tarts and cookies. Also available was chicken pot pie and a Chilean beef empanada.

Kraig and staff cut the pies as they were ordered, each one a sizable serving.

“Is it 2 yet?” Kraig called out with a laugh, referencing the pop-up’s closing time as he frantically cut and boxed pieces of pie.

I looked at my watch. It was 11:15.

People kept piling in, but everyone was all smiles. If you’ve ever had a gogo dessert, you know it was worth the wait.

Letty said they’ve had a handful of pop-ups in The Bake Shop, but this was the first one that featured pie.

Read more about gogo, their newest adventure and future plans in an upcoming edition of the Messenger. (Man, I love my job.)


National Roper’s Supply (NRS) in Decatur recently announced opening its newest location in Wickenburg, Ariz., a major hub for team roping and horse enthusiasts,

“I am very excited about NRS going to Wickenburg,” said David Isham, NRS owner/CEO, in a press release. “From a local perspective, it’s a fantastic town with a long heritage of loving all things western.”

With roots deep in the roping and western industries, all NRS locations carry the best in western tack and apparel, the press release stated.

“We [NRS] have always prided ourselves on being the cowboy or cowgirl’s hub for all things western,” said Jason Brooks, director of purchasing. “There is no place more core or relevant to our team roping customers than Wickenburg, Ariz. It’s where many ropers spend six to seven months out of every year. We are excited for an opportunity to be where ‘our people’ are.”

According to the press release, NRS bought Double D Western World, which has served the Wickenburg area for 30 years.

“We’ve spent the last three decades pouring our hearts into our business, establishing relationships and enjoying the strong sense of community that comes with it,” said Berva Botts, Double D Western World owner.

NRS hopes to carry on this same tradition of community involvement and exceptional customer service.

“Creed and Berva Botts have been incredible to work with. They have spent years building a great business and serving the residents of Wickenburg and all the ropers who show up in the winter,” said Isham. “NRS is honored that they chose us to take over their business for the next few decades.”

NRS plans to operate a retail store, feed store and pro shops in Wickenburg. Many of the same great brands the company carries in stores and online will also be available to Wickenburg.

Since founding National Roper’s Supply in 1989, Isham has kept quality and customer service at the core of the company’s values. Today, the NRS brand has grown to feature a trailer dealership, feed store, arena and event venue, vacation-styled guest ranch and retail stores in Weatherford, Granbury, Decatur, and now Wickenburg.


Chick-fil-A announced Wednesday its opening its first restaurants in Toronto in 2019 – the first franchisee-owned restaurants outside the United States.

Wait. You’re going to Canada, but you won’t come to Wise County? Why? (sniff, sniff)

“Toronto is a great city – with diverse and caring people, a vibrant restaurant culture and a deep talent pool,” said Tim Tassopoulos, Chick-fil-A president and COO, in a press release.

We’ve got all those things, too. Well … for the most part.

But we do love some fast food, especially chicken-themed. C’mon, Chick-fil-A. Give Wise a whirl.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: infinity.

Kristen Tribe is the assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email or call 940-627-5987.

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