‘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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Students to give back to county

first_imgAccording to Darrell Paulsen, Campus Ministry assistant director of retreats and national programs, Rebuilding Together needs about 500 students to refurbish 25 homes in the Marquette Park area of South Bend.   “At the end of the day, I saw a retired gentleman, must have been in his 70’s, out watering his flowers that just got planted on a cold, sunny afternoon,” Paulsen said. “The pride that they can take in their homes after this is an amazing transformation to watch.” Paulsen also recognized positive responses from homeowners. The annual effort is part of Rebuilding Together — a non-profit partnership of volunteers from local businesses, government and other non-profits organizations. The project, which will take place April 17, will revitalize homes and neighborhoods across the county, the organization’s Web site said. Through donations, the project collects the necessary construction tools and stores them in a warehouse provided by the City of South Bend. Notre Dame Catering will also be offering food for volunteers throughout the day. Rebuilding Together selects an area to offer its assistance based on income levels, ages within the population and other available data.  Students can sign up for the event via Campus Ministry’s Web site. The event will last from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. According to Paulsen’s estimates, homes previously valued at $30,000 are now worth $90,000 following improvements by Rebuilding Together. “All students need to do is show up wearing work clothes and dress for the weather and everything else is provided,” Paulsen said. For Paulsen, students enjoy interactions with homeowners during the one-day event. Hundreds of Notre Dame students will put on their work clothes to paint and landscape local homes in April. “Students who have done this in the past love having conversations with the homeowners and seeing the great humility of having someone come into your home and work on it and also the great joy that it gives them at the end of the day,” Paulsen said.  The week before students and non-skilled volunteers participate in the project, carpenters, plumbers and other skilled laborers make repairs at no cost to the homeowner. Paulsen said the need fluctuates depending on involvement from Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Indiana University-South Bend campuses. This year will see greater participation from Notre Dame’s athletic teams, including men’s and women’s fencing, swimming and diving, cheerleading and men’s golf.last_img read more

Brady Effect: Pats Ticket Prices Drop, as Bucs Tix Soar

first_img(New York, NY) — The Tom Brady’s exit from New England is having a big effect on NFL ticket prices. Data from ticket search engine site TicketIQ shows how much fans are willing to pay on the secondary market. The Brady-less New England Patriots saw a 39-percent drop in average cost from 2019, the biggest fall among teams. Conversely, Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw a 135% spike in ticket prices. However, the largest increase goes to the Las Vegas Raiders, who will play their first season in the new city and new stadium. They saw a 527% surge, with the average ticket costing nearly $1100.It is still unknown if there will even be an NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img

Carmelo Anthony rejected by USA Basketball in bid to join team for FIBA World Cup

first_img Gregg Popovich holds first Team USA practice ahead of World Cup: ‘All I care about is who’s here’ “I love Carmelo,” Colangelo told Sports Illustrated. “He made a great contribution. He was a very good international player. But for where we are and what we’re doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. I understand why the request was made. He’s trying to reestablish himself. I think that has to be done in the [NBA].”Anthony, 35, has been a huge asset on national American teams in the past. He helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, then was instrumental in pushing the Americans to three consecutive gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 in the Games. Related News De’Aaron Fox reportedly added to Team USA roster for FIBA World Cup training camp Celtics’ Marcus Smart out of Team USA camp ‘indefinitely’ with calf tightness Carmelo Anthony will be watching Team USA compete for its third consecutive FIBA World Cup title from the sidelines.According to USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo, Anthony requested to join the team through a representative, but Colangelo said the team was moving in a different direction. Anthony currently is a free agent after he was waived by the Bulls in February. He had signed a one-year contract with the Rockets last August, but Houston traded him to the Bulls at the end of January after he played just 10 games with the team.He started his NBA career with the Nuggets, and spent just more than seven seasons with Denver before he was traded to the Knicks in 2011. He remained in New York until 2017, when he was sent to the Thunder.Anthony then was traded to the Hawks, where he accepted a contract buyout and was placed on waivers in July 2018. He also was named the 2016 USA Basketball Co-Male Athlete of the Year.last_img read more

Olympia School District to Live Stream Graduations

first_imgFacebook94Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia School DistrictThe Olympia School District is pleased to announce that they will be live streaming high school graduation ceremonies for Avanti, Capital and Olympia so that those who cannot attend in person, can still cheer on their graduate online. Family, friends and loved ones that may not live nearby can now be a part of this special day.The following Olympia School District graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on the district Facebook page. Family and friends from near and far can now partake in the festivities:Avanti High School Graduation – Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m.Capital High School Graduation – Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.Olympia High School Graduation – Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.These live-streams will begin approximately 10-15 minutes prior to each graduation start time. To view the live-stream just follow us on Facebook.last_img read more

Finalists set for Adult Soccer League Championships

first_imgThe finalists have been decided as Nelson City Soccer winds it down on the 2015 roundball season.In the Men’s Open Division, it will be a repeat of the final from a year ago when Hume Innkeepers meets Kootenay Co-op.The Innkeepers made it look easy during an 11-1 mashing of L.V. Rogers Bombers Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.Hume, regular season champs, scored early and often against the High School squad.Meanwhile, Kootenay Co-op also made it look easy scoring a 7-2 win against a shorthanded Old Dogs team.The final is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lakeside.In 2014, Innkeepers posted a 4-0 victory over Co-op. Co-op won the title in 2013 with a 3-1 win over Innkeepers.Sunday, in Masters Men’s League, Ted Allen’s and Club Inter booked tickets into the final with wins over Jackson’s Hole and Bia Boro.Ted Allen’s, winners of the regular season title, had a tougher time dethroning the defending champs, scoring a 3-2 victory.After falling behind, Ted Allen’s scored three straight goals before holding off a late charge by Jackson’s Hole.Jackson’s Hole, finishing fifth in league standings, staged a mini-upset during quarterfinal action by edging Real Nelson 6-4.Club Inter, finishing second behind Ted Allen’s, won 4-0 over Bia Boro thanks to a three-goal explosion in the second half the broke open a tight 1-0 game.Game time for the Masters Men’s Final is Sunday at 4 p.m.In the Ladies Rec League, Dirty Dozen and Wildcats earned a spot in the Championship game after posting convincing win during Semi Final Sunday.Regular season champion Wild Cats ended the Cinderella run by Goal Diggers by scoring a 5-0 victory.Goal Diggers, finishing last in the regular season, upset Leo’s Titans 2-1in quarterfinal action to advance into the semis.In the other contest, Dirty Dozen got past Selkirk Eyecare 6-1.last_img read more