|Sister Schubert’s Rolls
In 1989, Sister Schubert was baking her now famous rolls in the kitchen of her home in Troy, Alabama, for her small catering business and for family and friends. That same year, she volunteered to donate some of her rolls to the holiday frozen food fair at her church, and received orders for 80 pans. The following year, Sister had to cut off orders at 200 pans, and in 1991, she filled orders for 300 pans. Patricia, dubbed "Sister" by a sibling, decided she might be onto something really big, and she was.
She found two commercial ovens at a school surplus auction, borrowed a small chest freezer from her Mom, and bought a 30-quart commercial mixer. Her kitchen and sun porch became a mini-bakery and the dining room a packaging area. She hired three helpers and began with one account, Ingram's Curb Market in Troy, Alabama. After one month, she was ready for new markets. Tirelessly, Sister called on other small groceries in Montgomery, Dothan, and Birmingham, Alabama. If a grocer would agree to sell her product, she and her two daughters would set up in the store and hand out samples. "I knew," Sister says, "if I could get people to taste my rolls, they would buy them."
In a short time, volume grew to the point where she could no longer supervise production and manage delivery all by herself. She turned to Mr. George Barnes, a food broker, for more professional distribution. He expanded the company, which initially had local sales, to one that had a much broader distribution base. They married in 1995. They have four children–Evan, Charlotte, Chrissie and Alex.
At the 2005 Kappa Delta Sorority convention “Sister” Schubert-Barnes was presented the Woman of Achievement Award.
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