KNOXVILLE (WATE) - So what does a highly successful cupcakery, one of the first in the area, do for an encore?
Meredith and Scott Layton opened The Cup seven years ago in Oak Ridge and have now expanded to Turkey Creek and Bearden.
The two Knoxville stores crank out dozens and dozens of cupcakes each week. It's a guilty pleasure that many Knoxvillians have acquired a taste for.
Meredith Layton, a speech therapist in a former life, and her husband Scott, whose background is in construction, decided seven years ago to take a chance and open a business. Despite having no business experience, the couple has persevered even through tough economic times.
"If there's one thing I can say, Knoxville has been very dedicated. We see a lot of customers every week that come and get the same thing," said Scott Layton.
It helped that they were among the first of the cupcakeries in the area.
"It was actually Thanksgiving seven years ago at my house that my little sister, younger by three years, who had started a bakery in St. Louis, a traditional cake bakery, told me about their plans to open a cupcake shop," said Meredith.
That planted the idea in the Laytons. They figured it was only a matter of time before cupcakes came to Knoxville, so why not be among the first. They were.
Now, having been severely bitten by the business bug, what to do next?
"We're ready to make this thing go, and there are plenty of good cupcake shops in town now, and we don't see us opening another one," said Meredith. "We want to keep it all home. We've got children. We can't be traveling. What else could we do here that we like, that we're passionate about, and would make it in this town? And the answer was pie," she said, laughing.
The couple will soon be opening the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop on Kingston Pike.
"Buttermilk sky" is an old southern term for a cloudy day. They liked that, and the fact that they use a lot of buttermilk in their baking made it a no-brainer.
"We'll have 4-inch pies," said Scott. "Like a mini pie."
The Laytons are comfortable with their decision to become entrepreneurs, but for those who can't quite take the plunge, and want to, Scott offers this piece of advice.
"I would tell anybody who has an idea to go with it. You know, the worst thing that can happen is you can fail, and if you fail, you get back up and be confident in what you have and just have faith in what you've got to do," he said.
That faith worked for the Laytons, certainly for their cupcakes, and they hope for their pies which are soon to be made in Tennessee.