Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland’s late originator, Wally Bronner, received early training in the business world.
“Summer vacations from school were full of activity for me during the years at St. Lorenz (grades 1-8). I did errands and clerked at Hubinger’s Grocery Store through the year, but on summer Thursdays I had an additional job. I made bicycle deliveries of loaves of homemade bread. Sometimes the generous customers even gave me tips. I kept a spiral notebook, entering each date, customer and tip. I still have that ‘accounting’ book.” (Hubinger’s Grocery Store was operated by Wally’s aunt, Hattie Hubinger.) – excerpted from “Sharing Joy 365” by Wally Bronner, available in-store and online at bronners.com.
Aunt Hattie baking bread in the outdoor oven, early 1930s. Wally’s mother helped bake and Wally delivered some of the loaves on his bicycle.
“During the early years when Wally was beginning what was to become a successful career in sign painting, he also worked part-time in his Aunt Hattie Hubinger’s grocery store, clerking and decorating the display windows. After graduation from high school in 1945, Wally attended the Saginaw Business Institute (currently Davenport University) for two years, acquiring skills that proved helpful in developing his own business in later years.” – excerpted from “Picturesque Story of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland” by Wally Bronner, available in-store and online at http://bit.ly/1OiieZM