Going from being an attorney at a large international law firm to a successful, full-time owner and baker (while being the mother of two young kids!) is no easy feat. In fact, it sounds almost impossible, but that’s the story of Brianna Abrams, CEO, Founder and Chief PieSmith of Winston Pies. Having grown up in North Carolina where Southern hospitality is the cornerstone of day to day life, baking played a huge role in shaping not only who she is as a professional baker, but also as a female entrepreneur.
Best pie: Winston Pies
11678 San Vicente Blvd
Before lawyer-turned-pie-maker Brianna Abrams opened her San Vicente shop in 2017, no one ever thought “there’s a dearth of good pies in Brentwood.” Now, though, it’s hard to imagine the neighborhood without Abrams’ flaky-to-the-touch butter crusts, which range from full-size to 2.5-inch bites. Her made-from-scratch fruit pies incorporate organic farmers market produce whenever possible, but you’d be remiss not to try classic pecan (North Carolina-raised Abrams knows something about Southern pies) and chocolate cowgirl, an intensely rich mix of caramel and fudgy Ecuadorian chocolate pressed into a salted oatmeal crust.