Autumn Johnston & Marcus Walker

Introducing: The Pierogi Lady

Drumroll please … we’re excited to introduce the winner of the 2017 Shark Bank Competition: The Pierogi Lady!

The Pierogi Lady is a line of pierogis handmade in the traditional Central European way, but with both conventional and unexpected flavors*:

  • Potato Cheddar
  • Potato and Carmelized Onion
  • Vegan Potato Onion & Herb
  • Spinach and Artichoke

Pierogies on a plate with a dish of sauteed onions and sour cream

By now you may be wondering who The Pierogi Lady is. Autumn Johnston is the woman behind the dough, launching her pierogi empire after seven years in the restaurant management industry, along with her business partner, Marcus Walker.

“I just wanted to make a really good pierogi,” explains Johnston, citing a lack of good options in most stores. She definitely did just that, with their pierogis proving popular at Northeast Ohio events, farmer’s markets and restaurants. And now, after a last-minute entry in the Shark Bank competition and subsequent win (“I was shocked,” says Johnston), you can find The Pierogi Lady at all Ohio Heinen’s locations. “I’ve been wanting to get into Heinen’s for a while,” says Johnston. “I thought it was a good fit.”

When asked where inspiration for the sometimes wild flavors of her pierogis comes from, she explains, “When you’re hand making pierogis, you have lots of time to think.” Inspiration also comes from customer requests, because when it all comes down to it, it’s about creating a superior product that makes her customers happy.

Yes, we think it’ll fit in just fine at Heinen’s.

Congratulations to The Pierogi Lady and all the great entrants into our Shark Bank competition!

Find The Pierogi Lady pierogis starting in late April in the Frozen Foods section at Northeast Ohio Heinen’s locations.

*Availability may vary

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  1. I’ve been buying Sophie’s pierogies at Heinen’s and only the potato and onion ones. However, I haven’t found onions in them. Dissapointed!

  2. Does she make dry cottage cheese pierogis??? My mother passed away 25 years ago and I have not had a good cheese pierogi since!

    1. Hi Carolyn – While The Pierogi Lady website indicates that they do make cottage cheese pierogis, they are not among the flavors we will be carrying. It looks like you can order them on their site though.

  3. Hi there,

    When will they be available at the Twinsburg Heinen’s? My daughter had some delicious vegan pierogis at VegFest last year and loved them, not sure if they were hers or not, but we have been looking for some ever since.

    1. Hi Sophia – While all stores will be carrying them (they should be in this weekend), availability may vary. We recommend calling the store to know for sure. Thanks so much for your interest!

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