Nominations:Watkins, Inc.

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Runner-up Nominations

J.R. Watkins pioneered direct sales and built an empire that continues today.
~Mark F. Peterson, winona, MN

Watkins Company was the first to incorporate the use of trial mark bottles, which in essence is the money back guarantee that customers still receive today. There is a trial mark on the bottle indicating how much of the product can be used and still be returned for a full refund.
~Amy Czaplewski, Stewartville, MN

Spiced Minnesota up!
~Erica, Plymouth, MN

Door to door selling nectar and spices, etc.
~Helen Grooms, St. Paul, MN

Wonderful products. Has an awesome museum in Winona. Products sold here at the fair.
~Anonymous

The embodiment of the J.R. Watkins Co. of Winona for many yers who, before Amway, Shaklee and such like, delivered first quality merchandise consumers needed. In particular, spices, health/beauty and cleaning products at a fair price directly to the consumer. In other words, bringing the store to the home, saving consumers time while affording them with quality products. Wait for Watkins -
~Larry Ellis Reed, Winona, MN

A company created in 1868 by J.R. Watkins in Plainview. The Company grew into the quintessential home-sales business. Watkins set the standard for people going into business for themselves using the Watkins products as a source of their sales. The Company, still in existence in Winona, has spawned many progeny, including the successful Avon and Ebay on-line auctions. I find the story very compelling.
~Peter Flick, Winona, MN

Began selling cleaning supplies and early cosmetics to rural farmwives in the late 19th century. The company grew to an international firm selling products all over the world.
~Bettie Reuther, New Brighton, MN

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