The JP UP Date: HERstory! The Story of Mr. Hand Pie 🙌

Andrew BarnesThe JP UP date

Number 266                      March 22, 2024                            St. Louis


Celebrating Women: Empowerment, Equality, and Excellence!

This month, we honor the remarkable women reshaping the world, advancing it with each stride and every contribution. We continue to join the United Nations and celebrate under their theme, Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress. Let’s continue to do so by recognizing the power that investing in women will have to drive progress worldwide. When we support and empower women, we accelerate growth, innovation, and positive change for all.

#InvestinWomen #IWD2024 #Empowerment #Progress #Misterhandpie



Embracing Community and Good Vibes:

The Story of Mister Hand Pie


In the heart of a bustling community lies Mister Hand Pie, a culinary haven founded on the principles of good vibes, community collaboration, and delectable pies. What started as a passion project for Megan and Preston, the creators of Mister Hand Pie, has blossomed into a beloved local establishment renowned for its unique food, scratch-made delights, and commitment to sourcing ingredients locally.

At Mister Hand Pie, it’s not just about baking pies; it’s about infusing each creation with a piece of themselves and spreading positivity through every delicious bite. Their philosophy revolves around fostering connections within their community, exemplified by their involvement in farmers’ markets and collaborative efforts with local artisans.



From humble beginnings at farmers’ markets to their current residency at the Greencubator, Mister Hand Pie has always prioritized community engagement. Collaborating with fellow vendors and artisans isn’t just a business strategy—it’s a way of life. Whether it’s sourcing ingredients from nearby farms or partnering with local businesses, Mister Hand Pie embodies the spirit of community-centric entrepreneurship.

Their commitment to quality shines through in every aspect of their operation. Each pie is crafted from scratch, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. This dedication to freshness not only elevates the flavor profile of their pies but also supports local farmers and producers.



As Mister Hand Pie celebrates their first anniversary at the Greencubator space on April 1st, 2024, they’re gearing up for an exciting year ahead. To mark the occasion, they’re hosting a fish fry on March 29th, inviting the community to join in the festivities from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. It’s a testament to their appreciation for the support they’ve received and a chance to give back to those who have made their journey possible.

Beyond their brick-and-mortar location, Mister Hand Pie can be found gracing the shelves of Staub’s and Fresh Thyme grocery stores, as well as delighting visitors at Tower Grove, Rockwell Beer Garden in Francis Park, and Chesterfield’s farmers’ market. Their presence extends far beyond their physical space, reaching individuals across the community and beyond.

Looking ahead, Mister Hand Pie is eager to expand their reach further, with plans to participate in more pop-ups and farmers’ markets in the near future. With their unwavering dedication to quality, community, and collaboration, there’s no doubt that their next endeavors will be met with the same enthusiasm and support that has defined their journey thus far.

As we toast to Mister Hand Pie and their continued success, we’re reminded that good vibes and good pies truly do go hand in hand. Here’s to many more years of delicious creations and meaningful connections within the community.



Do YOU Need Assistance When it Comes to Economic Stability?

Then you will want to attend the Metro YWCA’s Banking and Credit Fair!
Join JP on March 26, 2024 at Overland Head Start Center!

Discover a comprehensive solution for securing your long-term economic stability—all in one convenient stop. Our own LaTrisha Gandy, Barbara Ewing, and Nikki Wilson will be there, representing JP for the event! Spots are filling up fast, so secure your spot now by RSVPing. Reach out to Olivia M. Adams before availability runs out!




Introducing: Microloan Microphone with Tristan Brown


We are proud to introduce the first, and second, episode of Microloan Microphone! Where empowerment echoes through every conversation. Join host Tristan Brown as he delves into the transformative power of microloans, amplifying the voices of individuals who have utilized these funds to kickstart or propel their small businesses forward. Through enlightening discussions, we explore how these modest yet mighty financial tools fuel dreams, foster innovation, and empower entrepreneurs to seize opportunities and carve their paths to success. Tune in as we unravel inspiring stories of resilience, creativity, and triumph, showcasing the profound impact that microloans wield in fostering economic empowerment and fostering vibrant communities worldwide.

Here are a few words from our host. “Since joining Justine Petersen in 2021, I’ve fully embraced our mission of connecting institutional resources to historically underserved populations. Through our work, we’ve touched countless lives and created better futures across Illinois. I’m excited to spotlight the impactful stories of the businesses and families we’ve supported, encouraging others in need to reach out for assistance. Our goal is to meet individuals where they are in their financial journey, providing guidance, education, and resources. The stories shared through our microloan program are real-life journeys, showcasing the resilience of entrepreneurs and reminding viewers that they’re not alone. Justine Petersen and the wider business community stand ready to assist in any way we can.” – Tristan Brown

New episodes will be uploaded every other week. Check out the current episodes at @JustinePetersen on YouTube



Ready to Dive into the Ultimate Fish Fry Experience?

There is one week left to get your orders in. Join our friends Mister Hand Pie, Mylk and Hummus, Fatfox, Taberu and Field to Fire March 29th from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. for a feast like no other!

Click here to check out our mouthwatering menu and secure your preorders. Don’t miss out on this epic culinary adventure!

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and indulge in the finest fish fry around. We can’t wait to see you there!




Our Choice Microenterprise Microloan Program is Here for You!

Exciting news for small businesses! Our Choice Neighborhood Microenterprise Microloan Program is here to empower small businesses and turn visions into reality!  If you’re a budding entrepreneur looking for financial support, look no further. Let’s build a thriving community together! Apply now and let your dreams take flight.