‘Sister Schubert’ keeps rolling along and going strong

first_img Email the author By Blood Sugar Blaster Published 11:00 pm Friday, September 7, 2012 By Jaine Treadwell Skip You Might Like Troy Arts Council unveils schedule The Marvelous Wonderettes are a cotton-candy colored, nonstop pop musical blast from the past. The ladies will perform on April… read more “Business grew and I went to my dad and asked him if he could move out the rest of the furniture and let me have the whole warehouse,” Barnes said. “He was willing so I had a real commercial kitchen with a 30×20-foot freezer. The freezer was so big it was unreal. I thought that I would never need anything bigger than that.”Barnes began doing her own marketing and one of her first big orders came from Ingram’s Curb Market in Troy and later the Piggly Wiggly.“I’d go to grocery stores with a pan of rolls and ask them to let me put my rolls in their stores,” Barnes said. “Most of them didn’t say no.”Her big break came when she walked into J.T. Bess grocery store on Mulberry Street in Montgomery.“Mr. Bess said he would try a case and in less than a week he called for more rolls,” Barnes said. “He told me that people were coming in his store that he had never seen before to get the rolls. Word of mouth. Sister Schubert rolls were selling by word of mouth.”Sister Schubert was on a roll.Barnes realized the potential for her Gommey’s rolls. She needed a bakery, a much bigger bakery. She went looking, first to Troy and then to Brundidge.“As disappointed as I was, I believed a door would open for me somewhere else nearby,” Barnes said. “The mayor of Luverne, John Harrison, called and asked if the city of Luverne could make me a proposal. In 1994, Luverne became the home of Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls. It was a huge risk but it was an affirmation of my faith and my vision for the company.”Barnes thought the 25,000-square-foot bakery would provide all the space she would ever need. But by 1998, the company had completed two expansions and was making more than a million rolls a day.“I couldn’t have found a better town for our bakery and we’ve got wonderfully dedicated employees,” she said. “Some have been with us for 20 years and many for 10 years or more. We’re family and Luverne is home for us.”Barnes’ dream of owning a bakery became a reality on August 29, 1992 in Troy. It was not an overly ambitious dream; in fact, it was a rather simple one.Today, Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls has three locations, Luverne, Mobile and Horse Cave, Kentucky. Sister Schubert’s is a $100 million a year business. Barnes still has to pinch herself every now and then to convince herself that she’s not dreaming.“Sister Schubert’s bakery has been blessed. I have been blessed,” she said. “I never make any business decisions without praying about them. A lot of hard work has gone into the bakery and our employees have bought into our vision for the company.”Barnes gives much of the credit for the success of Sister Schubert Homemade Rolls to her husband, George Barnes, who expanded the bakery’s distribution to include major grocery chains throughout the South, and to Lancaster Colony Corporation, a specialty foods company based in Columbus, Ohio, that bought Sister Schubert’s stock in 2000.“When I was first approached about selling our stock, I wasn’t interested but eventually we did sell to Lancaster Colony,” Barnes said. “We sold for two reasons. Lancaster Colony and Marzetti, its specialty food division, had all the resources to propel Sister Schubert to a national brand. They also had a history of purchasing family-run companies and then keeping the families on board to run the company. I wanted to be on board.”Barnes said it is important for her to be involved in Sister Schubert rolls because she is committed to remaining true to her roots.“Sister Schubert rolls have maintained the same home-baked quality and taste that my grandmother’s rolls had when they were made with loving hands in her kitchen,” Schubert said. “We use fresh ingredients and a special flour and each roll in placed in the pan by hand, giving Sister Schubert rolls a very personal touch.”And, for many, Sister Schubert rolls are not about bread. They are about memories.“It’s so heartwarming when people come up to me and say that Sister Schubert’s rolls brought back memories of their grandmother’s or mother’s yeast rolls,” she said.“They say that they never thought they would experience that taste again and, there it was in Sister Schubert’s rolls.“My grandmother, Leona Henderson Wood, called her rolls ‘everlasting’ and that’s our hope for Sister Schubert rolls. Pure and simple, our hope is for everlasting rolls. Sponsored Content But, had not been for that frozen food fair at St. Mark’s, Barnes might not have risen to the top of the yeast roll industry.“Sarah Lawrence knew about my rolls and asked if I could try freezing some of them for the frozen food fair,” Barnes said. “I was willing to try. That first year, I made 20 pans and we sold all 20 pans. The next year, we took orders for the yeast rolls and got 200. The third year the orders reached 300 and I said, ‘Stop taking orders. I can’t do anymore.’”After the third frozen food fair, Barnes evaluated her “little bitty” catering business, which she called The Silver Spoon, and weighed it against the potential for yeast roll sales. The rolls won out.Barnes’ first “bakery” was her home kitchen. She then moved to the sun porch and then to the back half of her dad’s furniture warehouse in Troy. But she never dreamed so grand as to imagine that one day she would be the founder of a bakery that would bake nine million rolls a day to supply markets in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.From the time she could stand on a stool and reach the countertop, Barnes, a Troy native, was the helping hands in the family kitchen.“I’ve always loved being in the kitchen,” she said. “The kitchen was, and is, my favorite room in the house. I came from a long line of good cooks, on both sides of the family. My heritage is cooking. Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes recognized the employees who have been with Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls since its beginning. From left, George Barnes, vice president of operations; Kay Petery, payroll; Bruce Roberts, sanitation manager, Patricia Barnes, founder; Carolyn Hill, production supervisor; David Williams, maintenance; and Bill Caldwell, plant manager.Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes isn’t exactly sure about the dream she had 20 years ago. Maybe it wasn’t even a dream. Maybe it was just that she was doing what thousands of other young women around the country were doing – baking or making their pride and joy dishes to help raise funds at church bazaars.That’s how it started anyway.Barnes baked 20 pans of Parker House style rolls for the frozen food fair at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Troy. She used her grandmother’s family recipe, confident that, if people tried her Gommey’s rolls, they would like them. Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day ‘Sister Schubert’ keeps rolling along and going strong Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Print Article Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Writing black lives

first_imgConstance Baker Motley, a pioneering lawyer, politician, activist, and the first black woman appointed to the federal judiciary, “is one of the legal architects of postwar, Civil Rights-era America who made it possible for us to be here today,” said Tomiko Brown-Nagin at a recent Radcliffe discussion.But Motley is hardly a household name, even though she argued the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court along with Thurgood Marshall, and represented Freedom Riders and Martin Luther King Jr., among other accomplishments. With her latest book project, Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, is hoping to change that.“Motley certainly deserves a full biography,” said Brown-Nagin, who moderated “Writing Black Lives,” a talk by three biographers that explored how the life and work of Motley, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and author James Baldwin have helped shape the contemporary conversation around black politics, community, identity, and life. “She was amazing; she was complicated, including because of the way in which she experienced and represented her gender. So there is so much to learn from Motley, and from all of these wonderful African American figures.”As part of their research, Brown-Nagin, Imani Perry, Princeton professor in African American studies and author of “Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry,” and Harvard’s Robert Reid-Pharr, who is working on a Baldwin biography, have spent countless hours poring through archives. Last week they produced some of their finds, letters and notes that highlighted the character and conviction of their subjects, as well as the challenging political and social context of their times.Judges tend to avoid keeping papers or correspondence that might “reveal their thought process,” said Brown-Nagin, who is also a professor of history in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Still, Motley, who died in 2005, saved a number of “gems” such as notes from activists Pauli Murray and King, who congratulated her on being appointed to the federal bench in 1966. “And then there are different kinds of letters,” said Brown-Nagin. She read the words of a white woman angry with Motley’s position and pay: “Very soon negroes are the masters of white Americans. Negroes even want to be president of the United States … No nation on earth can live in peace with two different colors, black and white.”Such letters, said Brown-Nagin, help reinforce the notion that, “Even as we are writing about a person, we are writing about a public, and the African American and American experience.”Much the same could be said for chronicling the life of Hansberry. The writer who penned “A Raisin in the Sun,” the first play by an African American woman to appear on Broadway, changed the course of the nation’s theater history by introducing audiences to “representations of black Americans that are serious, that are nuanced,” Perry said. Hansberry, a driven Civil Rights activist who “pursued her life, her creativity in an unapologetic fashion and also stayed committed to her politics,” reminds us of the “kind of people we are supposed to be.” “Even as we are writing about a person, we are writing about a public, and the African American and American experience.” — Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin Light, camera, access Through careful, close examination of Hansberry’s letters, diaries, memos to herself, even something as simple as a calendar entry for a dinner engagement, “a life emerges,” said Perry.For Reid-Pharr, a professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and of African and African American studies, fascination with Baldwin’s life began in 1979 when he picked up the writer’s controversial second novel, “Giovanni’s Room.” Reid-Pharr was 14, and it was the first time he’d seen a book with a black face on the cover. Soon he’d read everything by Baldwin, including reflections on his Pentecostal background — a background they shared. It was another first for Reid-Pharr, who had never seen his world rendered in such detail and suddenly understood “the world in which I lived was a world that could be written about.”Baldwin’s work, he added, “changed who I was as a human being. It got me on a path to being a person interested in literature and turning toward a literary critic.”But writing a Baldwin biography hasn’t been easy. The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture houses the official Baldwin archive, 30 linear feet and hundreds of thousands of pages of material that can’t be photographed or photocopied. (After more than two years of work Reid-Pharr has 700 transcribed pages.) It’s been a time-consuming process, but it’s also been enlightening, he said, bringing him closer to the true nature of the literary icon and social critic.Reid-Pharr said it felt like a privilege to have “the materials of the maestro in your hand,” and that Baldwin is one of the intellectual giants of the American 20th century. But his research has also revealed the artist’s flaws. In today’s video-obsessed culture it’s easy to get a “YouTube version of Baldwin,” said Reid-Pharr. With his book he hopes to offer a more complicated, “grittier” version of the author and activist, one that examines his struggles with fame, celebrity, sexuality, and the responsibility of representing his race, one that can be “more useful to what we are going through now.”Reflecting on the genre, Perry said she sees the biography as a chance to blend history with creativity.“I, as a writer and a scholar, have been interested in how does one transition from a style of writing that’s primarily devoted to making people think to one that is also devoted to making people feel?” she said. “And there is something about the examination of a life on a material level that opens up that kind of space for emotional relevance.” Taking it all personally In 1932, this opera was a hit. Why has no one seen it since? The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. 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Boeheim: ‘I don’t think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than’ Boston College

first_imgWhen Boston College arrives in the Carrier Dome for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, it will visit Syracuse without being a conference bottom dweller for the first time in a while. BC has upset top-ranked Duke at home and narrowly edged Wake Forest and Florida State, two teams Syracuse failed to close out late in games earlier this season.There’s one aspect of the Eagles (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) game Syracuse (13-6, 2-4) needs to give extra attention to, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on Monday’s ACC teleconference.“I don’t think anybody shoots the ball from the 3-point line better than this team,” he said. “They’re extremely good from the 3-point line.”BC ranks tied for eighth in the ACC with a 36.4 percent mark from 3-point land. That weaponizing from beyond the arc, Boeheim said, can mainly be attributed to the development of young players who struggled through tough seasons before. He specifically cited the Eagles’ three players in the backcourt — sophomore Ky Bowman and juniors Jerome Robinson and Jordan Chatman — for their increased production and diversity in skillsets. Each can make plays by putting the ball on the floor or shooting, he said.“They have as good of three offensive players in the backcourt of any team in the league,” Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also praised the team’s “really solid” defense. Under head coach Jim Christian, the Eagles have managed a remarkable turnaround. Last season, BC finished 2-16 in conference play. The season before, 0-18. One player’s best memory of playing on the team was “going out to eat.” Since, Christian has piloted the program upward by taking lightly recruited players — including Bowman, who had a scholarship from Alabama in football — and developing them.In a way, Syracuse’s head coach has handled a level of youth similar to those past BC teams on his own squad this season. The Orange has focused more on parts of the game that veterans would usually already know, Boeheim said, like positioning or the finer points in the team’s offensive and defensive schemes.“This team needs more basic, fundamental teachings of what we’re trying to do,” he said. “That’s to be expected. …. This team is probably the youngest team we’ve ever had. We’re constantly trying to reinforce the fundamental things we need to do to win.”Other notes from Boeheim’s teleconference:Boeheim’s salary could force SU to pay thousands of dollars in additional taxes every year as part of the Republican Party’s tax overhaul plan. Asked for his thoughts on lawmakers’ decision to target college coaches to make up for the plan’s cuts, Boeheim said, “I don’t have much of a feeling on that. I don’t understand exactly what this is all about, really. It’s beyond me.” Read the full story about the tax plan’s implications on SU here.Boeheim was asked about Howard Garfinkel, the high school basketball scout who ran the popular Five-Star Basketball Camp. Garfinkel died on May 7, 2016, and on Saturday, Feb. 3, Madison Square Garden will host the inaugural “The Garf” event in his honor, when St. John’s plays Duke. Here’s what he said about Garfinkel: “(Garfinkel) once called us at the end of recruiting and he said, ‘I’ve got a kid for you down here, nobody’s recruiting him and you should.’ I said, ‘Come on,’ but long story short, we recruited him, kid named Greg Kohls. In his senior year, he averaged 24 points per game for us. One of the best long-range shooters I’ve ever seen. And that was without the 3-point line. You never knew when Howard would call, it would be something or somebody. That was the best call I got from Howard.” Comments Published on January 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more