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This 103-year-old woman still helps run the pie shop she opened nearly 70 years ago | TODAY

This 103-year-old woman still helps run the pie shop she opened nearly 70 years ago | TODAY

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The family-run business is serving up happiness, one slice at a time.

In the tiny town of Monroe, Virginia, something sweet has been stirring for nearly 70 years.

Woodruff’s Café & Pie Shop first opened in 1952 and its founder, 103-year-old Mary Woodruff, still helps run the business. She opened the shop with her husband, James, at a time when there were very few black-owned businesses in the state and throughout country.

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In the 1950s, the couple constructed the building and then lived in the apartment upstairs while operating the café in the space below.

“We were happy. We were just getting ready to do something together. And we did. And I’ve been blessed,” Woodruff told Al Roker while he visited the shop.


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