Eyes on the pie
Local couple shoots for the sky with first San Antonio location of cult pie shop
A local couple is bringing a cult-favorite pie brand to Alamo City for its San Antonio debut. Opening in fall 2022, Katie and Barry Crossland will bake up an outpost of Southern darling Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop at 2903 North Loop 1604 East.
Founded in 2013 by Scott and Meredith Layton, Buttermilk Sky is based on recipes from their maternal grandmothers. The offerings include Key lime, peanut butter cream, apple, and the I-40, a take on classic pecan with a shortbread crust, chocolate chips, and toasted coconut.
The downhome pies, made from scratch in-house, have helped propel the company’s growth. There are now locations spread throughout the South, including several in the brand’s home state of Tennessee. It has also enjoyed traction in Texas, with a cluster of franchises in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
When the Crossland's decided to bring Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop to San Antonio, neither had visited a location of the cult chain.
“A coworker began bringing pies back from Fort Worth,” Katie explains, “they were so good that we decided to open a store.”
This will be the first Buttermilk Sky Pie location in San Antonio; it will also be the first business venture for the couple. Barry works as a manufacturing manager for H-E-B, and Katie is a chemist.
An avid home baker, Katie says her scientific training will come in handy for her new venture. Pie-making, after all, requires a certain amount of rigor.
“Barry refuses to believe it, though,” she laughs.
“I’m more of a throw a pinch here, throw a pinch there kind of guy,” agrees Barry, although he says the Buttermilk Sky recipes don’t need any tweaks.
In addition to the headlining pies, the shop will serve coffee and treats like thumbprint cookies and cloud cookies — shortbread and pecan ball creations dusted in powdered sugar. Though the business is grab-and-go, some seating will be available nearby for those who can’t wait to sneak a bite.
That feeling of anticipation is something the Crosslands understand. While waiting for their own equipment to arrive, they have been traveling to North Texas for some tasty research and development. They recently returned with an order of 48 four-inch pies.
Though the product is consistent across the chain, the pair still considers the San Antonio location distinctly theirs.
“Even though we’re a franchise, we’re very much a small business,” says Katie. “This is our baby!”
Barry concurs, “we’re very excited to be with the [San Antonio] community.”