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Prosperity Pie Shoppe offers quality ingredients, while Sacred Money Studios promotes financial responsibility

PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN ELLIS - Prosperity Pie Shoppe

Prosperity and pie? Sacred and money? How do those things go together?

I wondered about that when the Sacred Money Studio and Prosperity Pie Shoppe opened in Multnomah Village about a year ago. At the time, I held back on writing a Sincerity article about the business, even though it seemed sincere enough. It was too soon, and the place hadn't had a chance to prove itself.

Well, here we are a year later. And, every time I walk by, I see the shoppe a-buzzin'. People obviously have gotten the memo.

What's nice about the establishment, from the perspective of a customer in search of a café, is that you can order at the counter, get your beverage or food (or they'll deliver it to your table) and relax while you work on your laptop, read a book or chat with a friend. No one rushes you, the atmosphere is soothing and the space is beautifully decorated. Large windows all across the front, open in warm weather, allow you to watch the world go by.

The food is worth an extra mention, too, because everything I've tried — including quiche, a salad, some of the gourmet teas and coffees and a couple of dessert pies — is wonderful.

You can feel good about eating those scrumptious pies too. Here's what the proprietors say about their products on the company's Yelp page: "Our pies are not just your 'average' pies. We source our pies from pie chefs who are mindful about their ingredients, using whole grains and/or 100% organic. We serve gluten free, raw vegan, savory 100% organic quiches, and seasonal fruit whole grain pies. Our specialties are the 'Chocolate Ganache Banana Cream' pie, and our Key Lime."

Yet, what I've touched on so far is more or less only the "pie" part of the operation. The money part goes much deeper. At Sacred Money Studio, you can sign up for one-on-one financial coaching and planning, as well as for classes geared toward teaching money skills to kids, teens, parents, adults and small business owners, or workshops with authors and financial business experts.

And yet, when you are in the space, relaxing with your food or drink, there is no sense of pressure to buy or sign up for classes or events. The two focuses of the shop seem to exist together without impinging on one another. It is a graceful and ingenious coming together of pie enjoyment and financial awareness.

One thing that really impresses me about Sacred Money Studio/Prosperity Pie Shoppe is that it is a place that supports businesswomen. Much of the food, beverages, wine and beer that is sold here comes from women-owned businesses and female artisans, and the same can be said for the beautiful products for sale in the shop, including clothing, jewelry, cards, etc.

Glancing at the calendar page on their beautifully designed website, sacredmoneystudios.com — where the women in charge are referred to as "Chief Visionary Officer" (owner Luna Jaffe), "Chief Operations Alchemist" (Jennifer Paauwe-Riffe) and "Chief of Customer Joy" (Amy Dier) — I see workshops on budgeting, success and conscious consuming, among others, all of which have a low, drop-in price. There are also free music events on a regular basis!

Open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sacred Money Studio and Prosperity Pie Shoppe at 7814 S.W. Capitol Highway has become the go-to place to seek deliciousness and economic savoir-faire.

Rating: Extraordinarily sincere!

Georgina Young-Ellis moved to Multnomah from Queens, N.Y., in 2015. She explores the world outside of big-box chain stores to find local businesses intent on customer service, customer satisfaction and a pleasurable customer experience. To read more about her experiences at Portland-area shops, visit Searching4Sincerity.com.

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