Alex and Joan Robb are both natives of Edinburgh, Scotland and immigrated tothe U.S. in January, 1963. Alex was a plumber (now retired) and Joan worked for a large duplicating machine company and was lucky enough to get a transfer to their New York office.
They lived in the Bronx for a few years and had several Scottish friends there. Their next door neighbor came from Glasgow and was a wonderful cook – her specialty being Shortbread. She would not share her recipe with anyone, but after Alex helped them move house, she offered the recipe to Joan on the condition that she did not give it to anyone else. This is the same recipe we now use to make this prize-winning Shortbread.
Through a family member they befriended an elderly Scottish baker who was semi-retired and only sold his wonderful baked goods at the weekends. Alex often helped him prepare his pies, etc. and it was from him that they learned the recipes for their meat products.
They moved to North Carolina in 1977 where Alex had his own business for several years and then was the Plumbing Supervisor at Warren Wilson College. Joan worked in social work until she retired.
In 1990 they were asked to participate in the Folkmoot International Day in Waynesville. This is a Dance Festival where dancers come from all around the world for a two week period and entertain in several venues in Western North Carolina. On International Day, there are dancers at each end of the town’s Main Street and vendors line the street selling crafts and food. With a borrowed tent and borrowed tables, they set up shop. They had no oven in which to heat the pies so their son did shuttle runs to a friend’s pizza store and picked up the heated pies and delivered them to the tent. It was a great success and that is how St. Andrew’s Square began. The business has grown and they now participate in several Scottish Games on the east coast and are known for their excellent products and service.
After many requests they started shipping the Shortbread and receive orders from individuals who not only want it for themselves, but asked to have it shipped to friends and relatives as gifts for special occasions - Christmas, New Year (everyone in Scotland MUST have Shortbread in their homes at New Year), Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Father’s/Mother’s Day, birthdays and weddings to mention only a few. They also sell to private companies which give it as gifts to clients and staff.
They are confident that once you try this delicious delicacy, you will only want more. As Alex is fond of saying, “It is addictive but legal.”
Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
Joan and Alex Robb, Owners of St. Andrews Square.