Humble moves

Jennifer Mans is moving her humble pie shop to East Johnson Street from the Regent neighborhood, where it's been located for five years.


The former location of Sophia's Cafe and Bakery will soon be home to a well established little pie shop.

Jennifer Mans announced Wednesday that after five years at 10 South Allen St., she is moving humble to 831 E. Johnson St.

The shop will close at the end of the day Friday, open until 6 p.m., or until Mans sells out of pies.

"Our current landlords have decided to turn our kitchen into a retail space at the end of our lease," Mans explained to fans on Facebook. "We looked high and low for the perfect little shop which to nestle our butter loving selves into, and have found a new home at East Johnson."

Mans said after she learned she'd have to move a few months ago, she looked around the Regent Street neighborhood.

"Tiny kitchens are hard to come by in Madison," she said. "I was looking at renting space in the FEED Kitchens, but then it occurred to me that Sophia's would be open soon."

Humble will have some seating inside and out on the patio during warm weather. The new space will be "pretty similar," Mans said, with the same sweet and savory pies as well as special orders for weddings. Because East Johnson doesn't have a dedicated brunch menu she may want to do that, expanding the hours slightly earlier on Saturday and Sunday.

Humble currently offers three savory options and six sweet pies each day. Mans wants to increase the number of pasties, quiches and savory galettes ("I'll have a flat top so I'll be able to do a fresh cracked fried egg on top") but her interest and focus will stay on sweet pies.

"Humble right now is a one-woman show," Mans said.

She hopes to be open sometime the week of Dec. 11,  perhaps by the following weekend. Her hours should be similar to current schedule: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"I hope you will follow us over to our new location," Mans wrote to her Facebook pie lovers. "Please stay tuned for when we are ready to open our doors."

Since 2008, Lindsay Christians has been writing about fine arts and food for The Capital Times. She loves eating at the bar, going to the theater, fine wine and good stories. She lives on the east side with her husband, two cats and too many cookbooks.