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.
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 1⁄2 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.
Why Pie in the Sky Pie Co?
Pie in the Sky Pie Co. has a strong prototype that is operated by the management and the original founder of Pie in the Sky Pie Co., Marlene Stubler. The existing location will be the operating prototype and is very accessible for new potential franchisees to visit and will present well to potential franchise buyers. This unit and its success will be used as a key selling point to new franchise partners for Pie in the Sky Pie Co. nationwide.
Pie in the Sky Pie Co. has a strong potential ROI for a franchise owner. With reasonable overhead, and start-up cost for a business of this type, and applicability in just about any market, the concept is financially sound.
The Pie in the Sky Pie Co. model is operationally complex because it is a multifaceted business. The bakery side demands attention to quality, cost and labor. The restaurant component requires customer service and organizational skills.
The Pie in the Sky Pie Co. model is certainly adoptable on a national basis. In today’s market, the average consumer loves a gourmet treat and a unique destination almost as much as they love a successful business model.
POINT OF DIFFERENCE
The Pie in the Sky Pie Co. model is one of many food service franchises on the market. The selection of pies and attention to detail is vastly different from anything currently on the market. The culture of the brand and the determination of the founder, management and current staff are what sets Pie in the Sky apart from other concepts.
TEACHABLE TO OTHERS
The Pie in the Sky Pie Co. system can be taught to a motivated franchise candidate with prior food service, marketing and/or management experience.
INTEGRITY AND COMMITMENT
By operating with a high level of integrity and commitment to high quality product and service, the Pie in the Sky Pie Co. brand has set itself apart in the greater Houston market. Over 10 years of successful operations and a concept that has been a work in progress for over 20 years allow Pie in the Sky Pie Co. to stand behind every pie they sell!