Only the best, from our family to yours
Located in Perryville, Missouri, Stonie’s Sausage Shop has been feeding families for 60 years and counting. Founded in 1959 by Stonie Wibbenmeyer, we craft and sell deliciously smoked and cured pork, poultry, and more. All of our meats are processed fully in-house using award-winning recipes, time-honed techniques, and passed on to you with caring, friendly customer service.
As a young boy, Stanislaus “Stonie” Wibbenmeyer worked at the Buehler Meat Market in Perryville, Missouri. The son of a stone mason, Stonie quickly found a knack for a trade of his own, forging what would become a prosperous career as a butcher. After learning many of the tricks of the trade from Sam Buehler, Stonie began working at Duerr Meat Market in the Perryville public square in 1930. There Stonie managed the market for nearly 20 years as he and his wife Beulah raised their eight children.
At the market, Stonie honed his skills as a craftsman and community leader. A testament to his talent, Stonie was one of only a few butchers who could make bockwurst from the original German recipe, handed down from generations past to the new generations in the United States. When the market closed in the summer of 1959, Stonie sensed a unique opportunity to forge a new business on his own—opening Stonie’s Sausage Shop just two months later in October 1959.
In that small, concrete-block building on the western edge of town, Stonie began what would become a four-generation business. Built on the value of providing an exceptional product with the utmost care for the customer, Stonie started out doing small custom curing jobs, but over time the business would become a staple of the Perryville community.
In 1962, Stonie’s son Don joined the business, where father and son would work alongside one another until Stonie’s passing in 1975. Don’s son, Roger, soon came aboard in 1975, and once again father and son worked side by side. In 1997, Don retired and Roger’s son Tyson came aboard, marking the fourth generation of Wibbenmeyers to work in the business.
Growing Into the Next Century
Together, Roger, his wife Barb, and Tyson shared an ambitious dream for Stonie’s. They didn’t say no to any opportunities that came knocking, and they began to expand their product line, retail space, and offer new services like deer processing and sandwiches for lunch time. With a bit of a competitive streak, Roger and Tyson began attending and quickly winning state-wide competitions, where they learned new tricks for making the best cured meat around. You can see many of their awards and trophies in our shop (and even more in the basement)!
After expanding onto the original stone building, Stonie’s added new equipment and became USDA certified, allowing production to increase to the current output of one thousand-pound-plus of product generated each week. From there, the business grew rapidly into the Stonie’s you’ll recognize today. In 2006, Stonie’s moved into its current location on Edgemont Boulevard, allowing hungry traveler’s to easily access delicious snacks to fuel their road trip in addition to our regular local business.
A Bright Future
As we celebrate our 60th anniversary, we’re still focused on the same principles we were from the beginning—helping provide great food over great company. Though we’re much larger than we were back in 1959, our heart remains the same. We hope you’ll continue to let Stonie’s to be involved in your backyard barbeques, your your graduation, birthday, and holiday celebrations for many more years to come.
Stonie’s roots are firmly planted in Perryville, and we’re so grateful to the community who has supported us for six decades. Whether it’s sponsoring local sports teams or being involved in a special moment like the arrival of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, we hope to continue to pay forward all the support we’ve received.
Give Us a Try for Yourself
Are you ready to give Stonie’s a try for yourself? Stop by our location any day of the week, or if you aren’t nearby, we’d be happy to ship some of our goodies right to your door.