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Meet Our Owners
And, with those words, it was crystal clear that East Tennessee’s newest Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop would be in good hands!
Buttermik Sky is proud to welcome Rita Fleenor and her daughter, Lee Acres, co-owners of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop of Johnson City, to the Buttermilk Sky family.
Lee and her husband Curt have been married for 22 years and are the busy parents of 13-year old triplets, making Rita…the grandmother of 13 year old triplets! And, when it comes to baking, both Rita and Lee say they learned from the best.
“My mother ALWAYS had something baking – fried apple pies, chocolate cookies, cherry cheese pie, biscuits, raspberry dumplings,” recalls Rita. “I can remember her letting me “help” by pulling up a chair for me to stand on, rolling out dough, cutting out biscuits or letting me put together the small fried apple pies. Everything was baked using the freshest ingredients and nothing was store bought. Every day she had something baking when we arrived home from school. I still can”t finish a meal without something sweet!”
Thanks to a babysitter and the babysitter’s roomate who both worked at the original Buttermilk Sky in Knoxville, Lee and her family were introduced to what soon became the Acres’ favorite pies. Lee thought the pies were delicious enough to take her mom and it didn’t take long before the 2 decided to open their own Buttermilk Sky in their beloved hometown of Johnson City!
“We are proud to be serving others and bringing a little touch of “home” to our community” says Lee.
Pie fans in Johnson City should be pretty excited about that!