Our first Nutcracker Market! Gentry, Alexis and Gentra
Cartwright pedaling pies!!
All of this started very innocently at my parent’s convenience stores in 1997. After roaming the countryside chasing my dream to be a famous singer I landed back at home with out 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 never the less 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.