— The adage is true: There isn’t much that’s as American as apple pie.
The pastry was something Alyona Puckett wasn’t introduced to until she moved to the U.S. from her native Russia.
“I’d never had it. I didn’t know what it was,” she said as she stood near a flour-coated table inside the new business she owns with her husband.
After settling in the U.S., she married into a Kokomo family with a legacy surrounding the oven-baked sweet treat. Her husband, Dave Puckett, comes from a family that has sold pies for more than a half-century. His parents began Puckett’s Pie Shop, which Dave’s brother now operates at the corner of North Street and Apperson Way.
Dave Puckett learned pie-making techniques from his parents, but pursued a career outside of bakeries. After he left his previous job, he decided we wanted to open his own business, he said. So he went with what he knew from his youth.
Dave and Alyona Puckett, along with their sons, opened Mom’s Pie Shop in February. They plan to have a grand opening Tuesday.
Puckett has taken the recipes he learned at age 18 from his mother — the “Mom” referred to in the shop’s name — and tweaked them, he said as he stood in his self-renovated storefront on LaFountain Street.
As he spoke around mid-afternoon in late March, he stood over a nearly-empty pie case because customers had bought almost everything baked that day.
While the recipes are similar to his family’s originals, Puckett emphasized Mom’s is separate from his parent’s original enterprise
Business has begun to pick up since Dave and Alyona Pucketts opened their shop in late February. It is a good omen, Dave Puckett said, because he and his wife hadn’t yet advertised.