COLUMBIA — “Isn’t it absolutely phenomenal?”
Rebecca Miller, co-owner of Peggy Jean’s Pies, stood at the counter and pointed out the details of a package design on her laptop. The kitchen was bustling as the staff slid pies out of the ovens and shoved them onto cooling racks.
Meanwhile, Miller traced the lettering on the screen with her finger and patted a 9-inch pizza box sitting in front of her, explaining where each part of the design would fit.
“When people open the box and see the instructions, they’ll know exactly what they’re doing with the pie crusts,” she said.
Peggy Jean’s Pies, a Columbia pie company at 3601 Buttonwood Drive run by Miller and her mother, Jeanne Plumley, is set to sell its pie crusts in select Walmart stores. If all goes according to plan, Miller said, they’re hoping the crusts will be ready to hit the shelves later in the year when everyone is baking for the holidays.
However, Walmart representatives haven’t been able to tell them if the test store will be in Columbia or if the crusts will premiere in another city. Additionally, it’s too early in the process to know how much money the crusts will cost, Miller said.
Peggy Jean’s Pies originally opened in 1994, co-owned by Plumley and Peggy Day. However, after Day’s death, Plumley closed the bakery. Ten years later, Plumley reopened the shop with her daughter. They did it by setting up a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 and raised $10,246 of their $10,000 goal.
This May, Miller read in the Columbia Daily Tribune that there was going to be an “Investing in American Jobs” open call event, where businesses could apply for the opportunity to meet with a product buyer from Walmart or Sam’s Club.
“Of course we decided to go,” Miller said, laughing. “Go big or go home.”
Out of the thousands of companies that applied, Peggy Jean’s was one of a small…