The popular old shop that garnered national attention in the past has returned to provide Columbians with homemade pie goodness once again. The shop is located at 601 Buttonwood Drive behind the Sonic on Grindstone Parkway. There are more than 30 different flavors available for order and they will alternate regularly in the retail display. Flavors include all the favorites, but also more unique creations, such as Boozy Blueberry, Sour Cream Cherry, Almond Rum Raspberry, Lemon Chiffon and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan will be offered.
But delicious pies are not the only thing Peggy Jean’s sells. In the front of the store you can find handmade products from local artists and crafters. Handmade wreaths are hung on a wall, Filthy Farmgirl smoothie lip balms and mini bars are in cute baskets, The Blue Door has a selection of handmade bath salts and mixes, diaper bundles from Nimble Thimble are at the ready as well as aprons, towels, books, Shortwave Coffee and decorated wine bottles.
Miller said the original Peggy Jean’s was really Victorian, accessorized with lacy details and women who lunch. So her goal was to make sure the new shop was different. That is where she got the industrial chic vibe that’s on display throughout the shop. High panels of stainless steel cover the walls, the ceiling shows every pipe running through the space and an iron gate marks the entrance into the kitchen.
But the most interesting element of the space is the fact it is completely open. Customers can see every pie being made from scratch, or every disaster unfold. Miller said this, along with her hit blog about the process of becoming a business owner, was all about transparency. “We’re showing the reality of opening a business and making homemade pies,” Miller said. “You see the good, the bad, the ugly, the messy, everything! We don’t have anything to hide.”
One thing that is missing from the shop right now is a visible menu. Miller has the baking down, but she’s had to learn that owning a business isn’t as easy as pie. “I didn’t realize how hard it would be to start a business,” Miller admitted. “I didn’t realize until someone pointed it out to me at the grand opening that a sign would be a good idea. There’s definitely a learning curve to this process.”
Before her 11-year-old son came up with the idea for her and her mother to get a food truck, Miller was, and still is, a lawyer. She didn’t even work in the original store when she was growing up. But her mother, Jeanne Wagster, liked her grandson’s idea. They realized baking homemade pies out of a food truck was not reasonable, but the first space they looked at was the one they eventually rented thanks to the $10,000 help they received from their Kickstarter campaign. From there everything took off. The entire process lasted from September to April 17 when the shop was officially open for business.
And Miller’s not letting the challenges of owning a business stop her. She has big plans. They’ll eventually need to hire someone to run the counter and one day, customers will be able to pick up their Peggy Jean’s Pies from multiple locations.
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