The Stam Story:
As early as 1817, an ancestor of the Stam family ran a bakery just north of Amsterdam, Holland. Over time, Stam’s family bakery developed a reputation for quality pastries and chocolates. In 1913, after receiving numerous requests from devout customers urging him to specialize exclusively in chocolate, Jacobus Stam turned his passion to fine chocolate and created Chocolaterie Stam. Decades later, in 1930, three of Jacobus’s sons, Frits, Wim and Jaap and his only daughter, Fredi, decided to join their father in business and each developed their own branch of Chocolaterie Stam. Frits’s business grew to be very successful. In 1997, the youngest of Frits’s seven sons, Anthonious, felt that America would appreciate his father’s chocolate as much as Netherlanders did and decided to bring fine chocolate to America. There are now 10 retail stores in the United States.
“Our family has been in the confectionary business for over 200 years. My nephew Hendrikus is our current Master Chocolatier, and he’s the great, great, great, great, great grandson of our first baker. We’re very proud to offer the highest quality products, but we take even more pride in treating every employee and every customer as an extension of our family. Welcome.” -Anthonius Stam, President
Lisa & Alan Dailey’s Story:
Lisa and Alan Dailey are the Owners of the Cedar Falls Chocolaterie Stam. Lisa, having lived in the Netherlands during part of her childhood, fell in love with the neat traditions of Dutch chocolates and treats, and hadn’t really experienced anything like it in the United States. Lisa had long been a stay-at-home-mother, but as their children grew, Alan urged Lisa to find work that she would enjoy outside of the home. However, no job ever felt quite right. It wasn’t until her son started college at ISU when Lisa visited the chocolate shop that reminded her of her childhood memories in the Netherlands, and something connected deep in her soul. Every time Lisa visited Ames, it included a visit to the Chocolaterie Stam. After many visits, the owner of the Ames store suggested she should also start up a store, and something clicked in Lisa’s soul. The Cedar Falls Chocolaterie Stam started up soon after.
Lisa is now fulfilled delighting others in the chocolates and delicacies of her childhood while carrying on the legacy of a 200 year old Dutch family business here in the U.S., and sharing the business with her husband Alan.