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With the holiday?s seemingly endless food shopping and preparation, Thanksgiving can leave us equal parts exultant and exhausted.

So it?s a relief to settle one thing early: For the go-to pie of the season, look no further than Emporium Pies.

After a pop-up start last year, Mary Sparks and Megan Wilkes have opened a permanent shop in a gorgeous Bishop Arts bungalow, a setting that suits their showstopping desserts.

The made-from-scratch pies feature local ingredients (no dyes, hydrogenated oils, preservatives or corn syrup here). In truth, it?s hard to pick a favorite, but we?re partial to the Lord of the Pies, a deep-dish apple rendition with caramel and cinnamon streusel.

With the shop?s community vibe and cozy tables, it?s all we can do not to ask if we can move in. Instead, we?ll settle for coming back soon, since the menu will change after Thanksgiving. (Smooth Operator, your French-silk chocolate and pretzel-crust goodness will be missed.)

Speaking of the holiday, preorders are welcome, with two kinds of pies available: the Drunken Nut (bourbon pecan with a shortbread crust) and the Drop Dead Gourd-geous pumpkin pie. (Pies are $5 to $6 a slice or $30 to $40 per pie.)

Either or both, it?s reason enough to give thanks.

Emporium Pies, 314 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas; 469-206-6126 or

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