About Rilling's Bucks County BakeryMaster Bakers Since 1936
Willy Rilling immigrated to the United States from Germany at age 18 in 1927.
Martha Schmid who would later meet and marry Willy in 1932 emigrated at age 16 in 1926. They taught themselves to read and write
English and saved their meager salaries diligently so that by 1936 when their daughter
Martha was 6 months old, they leased and opened their first small bakery in the Brewery town neighborhood of Philadelphia at
26th and Girard Ave. near Fairmont Park. In those days, before refrigeration was common and supermarkets were unknown, customers
shopped several times a day at their local merchants. The store was open 6 ½ days a week from 6 am till 11pm (1/2 day on Sunday)
and continually baked fresh all day. The last oven load of pastries emerged as the 9pm movie let out. The bakery prospered and in 1939
they relocated to a location at 6645 Castor Ave. in the far Northeast of Philadelphia an area, which was then rural. The neighborhood
grew and the bakery gained a fine reputation that brought customers from near and far. But the stress of running a highly hands on
business day and night made the Rilling’s sell this store and take a much needed hiatus in 1948. Six months later, well rested
and missing the business that they devoted their life to, they opened their next bakery at 7328 Frankford Ave. in the Mayfair
Section of Philadelphia were they stayed until 1952. Daughter Martha joined the business as a salesgirl after school hours at
age 13. Her younger sister Lillian also helped out.
Never a couple to be idle for long; they opened a new bakery at 11704 Bustleton Ave. in the Lumar Park section of Somerton
in 1953 where they stayed until 1959. In 1962 they opened their last store at 8756 Frankford Ave. when daughter Martha and
son-in-law George Volz, joined the business. Martha Rilling retired from the bakery to help care for her grandchildren,
including Carl Volz (born1959), Michael Volz (born 1962), and Diane Volz Tino (born 1969).
Rilling Grandchildren 1962 • Frankford Avenue George and Martha took full-time responsibility for the bakery in 1976 but
"Poppy" Rilling continued to help out until shortly before his death in 1983. In a family business like this, children start out young—
helping wash pans, sweep floors, fold boxes and run errands at ages as young as 10 or 11. Carl, Michael, and Diane all learned
responsibility early. In 1981, with the children growing into adulthood, the Volz family opened a second store in the Davisville Shopping
Center in Warminster. Son Michael Volz owns and operates this location today. His sister, Diane Volz Tino, has been the store
manager since he took over in 1989. In 1984 the family embarked on a great expansion, by opening a 20,000 square foot building on
Southampton Road in Philadelphia and during the 1980’s had as many as 7 retail stores at one time. Sadly, they found that they could not
operate this widespread system of baking at a central location and shipping baked goods, together with preparing other wholesale baked
goods, in an efficient and profitable manner and in 1992 we sold this location to someone outside the original family. This NEW owner
closed his business, Feburary 2012.
Michael, and his sister Diane, continue the long tradition that Willy and Martha started over 76 years ago. As grandchildren and
children they learned lessons well and they strive to satisfy the many customers they have made through the years and they
welcome new customers with the same dedication to quality and service.
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