The Golden Years
1934 – Manderfield’s Home Bakery was introduced to the Fox Valley by Frank and Marie Manderfield. After working at bakeries in Brillion and Kaukauna, Frank began producing baked goods out of Marie’s kitchen on Melvin St. in Appleton.
1956 – Frank’s son Dennis established his own bakery in Menasha called Best Bakery. Married to Lois in 1957, they raised 6 children and successfully ran the business for 16 years. Frank retired in 1964. Dennis sold Best Bakery in 1972.
A Third Generation
1979 – Inspired by son Mike’s interest in baking and the birth of son Matt, they reintroduced Manderfield’s Home Bakery to Appleton. This popular location on Calumet St. paved the way for a third generation of bakers. In 1982, Dennis’ son Paul joined the business, eventually becoming general manager. That same year, daughter Lisa, a decorator and manager, married and moved to Buffalo, NY, where she and husband Marve now operate Ohlson’s Bakery & Cafe.
1987 – A second North Appleton location on Ridgeview Drive was constructed to accommodate growing wholesale demands. However, in 1996, in an effort to return their focus to loyal retail customers, that bakery was sold.
1996 – Hoping to expand custom cake production, and capitalizing on Best Bakery’s popularity in Menasha, a new store was open at 811 Plank Rd. Son Jerry, who joined the family business in 1986 with a passion for cake decorating, became manager of this location.
A New Era
2001 – Dennis began to turn over the corporation to sons Paul and Jerry. The same year, son Doug joined the family team, focusing on sales and marketing. Though Dennis and Lois are semi-retired, they continue to work while providing their knowledge, support and love.
2006 – Recognizing rapid growth in the Fox Valley, a brand new facility was built on the East side of Appleton at W3176 Springfield Dr. near Darboy. With streamline production and a spacious store, this location immediately replaced the Calumet St. location after its celebrated 26 years in business.
The Legacy Continues
2010 – Teamed with a group of dedicated and talented employees, the Manderfield’s opened a third location on Appleton’s west side near the Fox River Mall. Located at 5100 Michaels Dr., this bakery features state of the art decorating facilities, a coffee café, and a comfortable wedding cake consultation room. In 2012, Travis Manderfield, great-grandson of Frank, proudly joined the family business as a 4th generation baker.
Today – The Manderfield family is grateful to their loyal patrons, and are committed to providing you with the finest baked goods and customer service. They welcome you to “Taste the Tradition” that has made them one of the most popular bakeries in Wisconsin.
Appleton WestBuilt in 2010, our latest location is conveniently located near Fox River Mall.
5100 W. Michaels Drive
Appleton, WI 54913
Appleton EastOur first expansion into Appleton in 2006 is located between KK and CE in Darboy.
W3176 Springfield Drive
Appleton, WI 54915
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