Before they opened a pie shop in early January, the Blakely sisters followed very different career paths. Alli, 32, was in finance; Erin, 30, who goes by “Bear” — a childhood nickname — was in fashion; and Cat, 28, who still works for the State Department, was a government contractor in Baghdad. Alli says the time apart made their common, long-held dream of selling pies more urgent. “You could hear bombs going off” when they were talking to Cat, she says. “We told her, ‘Just come back here and open up a pie shop!'”

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