Exhibitor Spotlight: House of Webster
A 125-mile paper route in Rogers, AR was the humble beginning for Roy Webster’s bakery business. With a determined desire to earn enough money to marry his sweetheart Evelyn, Roy sold loaves of bread in addition to the daily newspapers. After they married, Evelyn became his business partner by adding her flaky home baked pies to his deliveries. It is estimated that the Roy and Evelyn team baked and delivered 17,000 double crust pies to local groceries in Northwest Arkansas between 1934-1935. Evelyn’s delicious pies became a local favorite and they expanded the line gradually to include donuts and cakes.
Roy and Evelyn acquired a bakery in the late 1930’s selling fruitcakes to soldiers during the war which proved to be a big success. Realizing that the war would eventually end, Roy had the foresight to create gift packages containing a small wooden chest, a fruitcake and ceramic jugs of sorghum and honey. These unique boxes caught the eye of local business owners and they created the annual tradition of giving them to their employees during the holidays. This also began the tradition of gifting at House of Webster. Delicious gift boxes weren’t the only offerings found at Webster House. They diversified their line to also include electric cast iron stoves which became sought after by celebrities like Kenny Rogers, Jim Nabors and Bo Derek. The Price is Right game show also featured one of their stoves as a prize on their shows.
During the 1970’s and following years, House of Webster added non-bakery items such as mixes, smoked meats and candies to their delectable product line. Most recently they included jams and jellies made from fruit picked at peak of ripeness. Today they continue to produce the highest quality gourmet foods, gifts and newly added organic food spreads. Visit their booth at Tasty Expo to get a taste of their famous classic favorite strawberry preserves among many scrumptious treats!