It may be named Peggy Ann Bakery, but the business’s namesake says it was her husband’s idea.
“My husband named it Peggy Ann,” said Peggy Ann Arrowood. “He said ‘it is yours and you’re going to take it.'”
She says her late husband, Bill Arrowood, was the original baker in the family. Before opening Peggy Ann, Bill managed a bakery in a grocery store. That’s where Peggy Ann learned to decorate cakes and even took a class from an expert.
“She said I was very distinct…I wanted it perfect,” Peggy Ann said.
Fast forward to 1982 when the Arrowoods decided to open their own bakery, with Peggy’s Ann name on the sign.
“He didn’t want to be aggravated with the phone calls so he called it Peggy Ann’s bakery. He didn’t want to take the phone calls,” said John Arrowood, Bill and Peggy Ann’s son.
The Greeneville bakery has been popular ever since it opened its doors.
Actually, it was popular before the doors even opened.
“We made three gallons and dad said we’ll make three gallons and we’ll probably be selling donuts at 12 o’clock,” John said. “Well, we opened at 5:30 because people were at the door and at 6 o’clock we were out of donuts and I’m talking 50-dozen donuts.”
37 years later, it’s not unusual for the bakery to go through 400 pounds of flour in a single day, just for donuts.
“Our number one selling item is probably the original glazed donuts,” said Stacy Martin, Peggy’s Ann grandaughter.
Three generations have kept the bakery going for nearly four decades.
Now, Peggy Ann is about to open a second location in Johnson City at 803 W. Walnut Street.
“I never did look at us being a big-time bakery,” John said. “I looked at us being a good ole country bakery. People would come in and say ‘no you’re not a country bakery’. And I’d say – ‘oh yes I am.'”
And if her late husband were still alive today, Peggy Ann says she knows that Bill would be satisfied with the donut dynasty they’ve created.
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