About Pie in the Sky Pie Co.
All of this started very innocently at my parent’s convenience stores in 1997. After roaming the countryside chasing my dream of being a famous singer, I landed back at home without much of a direction. My parents had been in the convenience store business since 1985 and it was natural that eventually, I would end up back working for them.
I remember the first store that they opened. The deli consisted of an electric skillet to scramble eggs and a hot plate to cook burgers on, not very fancy but nevertheless the American Dream. I helped open three of the four stores that my parents built all the while still searching for my niche or my place in this crazy world. My sister Loretta and I had several businesses through the years: painting T-shirts, making jewelry, and other artistic types of things. While working for my parents I was able to have the space to cultivate and grow my business of pie baking. My earliest memory of this was cherry pie and banana nut bread. I would bake an assortment of sweets, let them cool, hand wrap them, and label them with labels that I printed off of my PC.
A lot of things have changed since then. I now have real stick-on labels that are printed by a label company, a wrapping machine to wrap them with, and employees to bake my pies. In 2005, my father gave me a ½ acre of land and I took the dive and built the first Pie in the Sky Pie Co. It has been tough and I must admit that there have been days when I have doubted myself; it was much more simple to pick up a paycheck every two weeks.
But, when I walk in the back door of my kitchen each day I smile inside.
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