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Maury County business tasting sweet success one pie at a time

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COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) -

Despite the economic downturn, two women in Maury County are tasting sweet success. Their motto is to take life "one pie at a time."

In their Columbia store Thursday, Becky Odom and Jean Mouser mixed up ingredients for another batch of pies. Odom and Mouser opened Pie Sensations when Odom's husband lost his job.

"I said, 'I need to find a way to supplement my family's income,' and she (Mouser) said, 'let's open a pie shop,'" Odom said.

Six days later, Odom and Mouser found a bakery that had gone out of business and started their own operation. But Odom is quick to admit it's Mouser who had the magic touch for baking. Mouser already had 40 pie recipes - many of which had won blue ribbons at the Tennessee State Fair.

"My mother made pies. My husband's grandmother made pies, and so I just learned from them how to make a pie," Mouser said.

Each time Odom and Mouser sold a pie they grew the business, one pie at a time.

"Jean's father knew someone who would like pie, she took it and sold it to him," Odom said. "With our first pie we bought our first technical license."

Then, sales from the third, fourth and fifth pies bought a fire extinguisher. And to help grow the business, the women put their teenage children to work. Odom said to market the shop, the teens gave away pieces of pie on the Columbia town square.

A year-and-a-half later, the Pie Sensations shop now employs nearly a dozen people, all family members of Odom and Mouser.

And their list of pies has grown to nearly 100. Mouser's turtle pie is a three-time blue ribbon winner at the Tennessee State Fair, and other specialties include truffles and Whoopie Pies.

Odom's daughter, Moki, said in a small town it was hard to find a job as a teen until her mom created one.

"The jobs that are there are either for the professionals, you know, the people that have a degree, or for the people that are trying to support families," Moki Odom said.

Becky Odom and Mouser said they started Pie Sensations to help support their families. Mouser said by sticking to their motto, "one pie at a time," they've been able to pay cash each step of the way.

Moki Odom said she will be able to take the lessons she's learning in the kitchen and use them later in life.

"They can walk away tomorrow, and they don't owe anyone. So I think the example they've set towards us is we can do anything," Moki Odom said.

Becky Odom and Mouser said they hope to grow the business and eventually hire teens outside the family.

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