Piney River Enterprises, Inc has cumulated from several different business ventures over a 30 year period. Since Anita and James' marriage in 1977, there was a drive of entrepreneurship. While attending UT Martin , in 1977, James was on a entertainment committee that booked and promoted a Wet Willie concert. Through the 80's James was booking Contemporary Christian and Southern Gospel acts. In 1999, James and Anita started booking acts and festivals for the Hickman Co Ag Pavilion and Fairgrounds at Grinders Switch..........Piney River Music, (Artist Promotions, Management, Venue Booking)
Raising cattle on the farm since 1964, James and Anita bought 10 registered Beefmaster cows in 1977 and formed Lewis & Sons Beefmasters. As the herd grew, hay equipment was needed to produce the hay for winter feed. To help pay for the hay they began custom hay bailing for the public. Today, they are running close to 150 cows and calves and bailing around 3500 rolls of hay per year. Selling 85% of the hay, and selling the calves as "Grass Fed Beef".....Piney River Custom Hay.
Around 1985, they purchased the Pinewood General Store, which had been closed for several years. After a complete remodel, the store was reopened selling groceries, deli meat, hand dipped Ice cream, hardware, feed, antiques and guns. After selling the store in 1990, a gun shop opened on their property forming A. Lewis Enterprise. James and Anita sold the gun business after 15 years, and converted the gun shop into a rental house.
While traveling around the country, staying in chalets on the river and cottages in the mountains, they realized the very things they enjoyed were also right here in their backyard. They decided to build two log cabins right on the Piney River that grew into two additional RV sites. They are currently expanding to a total of 14 RV sites, thus forming
Piney River Escape.
While in Colorado hunting in 1989, James and Anita visited a pottery studio. Intrigued by the wheel thrown pottery, Anita expressed an interest in learning. The following Christmas James gave Anita her first potter's wheel. After 20 years, Anita opened a studio in their home......Neat Stuff Pottery.
Seeing the success on all natural grass fed beef, plans are being made to start a organic garden and heirloom plants. The greenhouse is complete; the rain water tanks are installed. They hope to be in full operation spring of 2014 using solar panels for power and natural rain water delivered by a windmill.