It was in the year 1954 that two Italian Families Luigi and Anna Stievano and Luigi and Felicita Marson got together and decided to lease an Italian Bakery. The partnership was equal and the business was International Baking Co. located on Erie Street in Windsor Ontario. When the leasing period ended, they decided to form a new company.
In 1959 the company Stiemar Bread Co. Ltd. was born. The name was a blending of the two last names (Stie)vano and (Mar)son. The main product was a variety of European Breads, which was delivered door to door to houses and to local businesses and institutions.
In 1969 Stiemar Bread was one of the first bakeries in Windsor to introduce the 'Coffee & Donut' shop. It was after that, that the larger Canadian donut chains recognized the marketing potential in this area.
In 1970 Luigi and Anna Stievano indicated their wish to move their family out of Canada to Australia and explore new things. It was in this year that Luigi and Anna sold their shares to Anna's brother Vincenzo Della Valle, a long-time employee since 1955. Vincenzo and Luigi Marson continued to produce the European breads and fancy donuts that Windsor residences learned to love.
Ten years later in 1980 Vincenzo approached Luigi about acquiring his shares of the business only, with Luigi remaining part owner of the buildings and property. He agreed and Vincenzo, Angela, and their son Mark Della Valle formed Stiemar Bread (Windsor) Co. Ltd. With the fresh ideas of their son Mark and the experience of Vincenzo and Angela, the product line expanded with more varieties of bread and the introduction of pastries and later cakes.
Finally, in 1990 Luigi Marson agreed to sell the buildings and property to Stiemar Bread (Windsor) Co. Ltd. At this time Mark was elected Manager of the company and acquired the majority of responsibilities of the operation. It was shortly after that, that Stiemar began exporting their product to the United States requiring Mark to institute two shifts for baking. The business grew and flourished under Mark's management. The days of door to door delivery seems so far away but never forgotten by the loyal long-time customers who remember the early days.
Even as the company grew it remained a 'Family Business' in every sense of the word. In the year 2001 Vincenzo and Angela divided their business shares among their three children, Mark, Ann Marie, and Anita, with Mark remaining the major shareholder. Vincenzo and Angela remain sole owners of the buildings and property. Today, in the year 2016, Anita, Connie, Mark's wife of 30 years, and Mark's son Vincent join Vincenzo, Angela, and Mark, in supporting the company. The Della Valle Family recognizes the recipe for success is not measured by dedication of family alone but includes the loyalty and hard work of their dedicated employees who work side by side with them every day.
Stiemar Bread (Windsor) Co. Ltd. remains at its original location at 2640 Ouellette Ave in Windsor since 1959. We sincerely hope that it remains there for another 50 years, continuing to serve our new and long-time customers whom, still till this day, sit on the original orange stools, talking about current events or just about the weather. Of course never forgetting to pick up a loaf of bread on the way out. Come visit us today!