We are frequently asked “how did you come-up with the name Willa B’s? Where does it come from?” The answer to this question is “the business is named after our mother and grandmother Wilma Marie Bierle who was authoring a book under the pen name “Willa B”.
A long time “Yanktonian”, Wilma was a thrifty survivor of the Depression and was a woman ahead of her time working most of her life as a book keeper. She made the best stein’s candy, clam dip, homemade Play Doh ® for the grandkids, and was a fun lover who enjoyed spinning her “platters” (records) and drinking a great martini!
Her door was open to all being the giving person she and our grandfather were. She believed in forgiveness and second chances. She was known as “Wilma”, “Willie”, “Aunt Willie”, and “Will”. Wilma had the warmest heart, smile, and she loved her family! We will always remember her love, kindness, and funny side! So hats off to “Willa B”!
We believe there are a lot of local talent and we’d like to provide a venue for these emerging artists who wish to enrich the Yankton and surrounding areas by displaying in local space. We also want to share our artist’s palate with you in our Bistro. The focus is fresh food and fresh ideas. Drawing from locally sourced foods, as well as foreign fare we want to offer a culinary experience with intriguing combinations in a relaxed setting right downtown in the historical district.
Please feel free to download and view our menu. Enjoy a unique blend of delectable cuisine from chef Rikka! This menu is ever changing so please check back often for revisions.
Everything on the menu is prepared fresh daily, from the homemade muffins, gourmet salads, sides,tasty sandwiches to the cookies on the shelf. Quality is our focus, and we will not compromise!
Chef Erica graduated culinary school in 1995. From there she ventured out into the culinary world working for a large variety of restaurants.
She started out with Marriot Corporations then moved to Sioux Falls to work for the wild game king Chef Christopher Ray and also helping Chef Ray with cooking competitions for Bon Appetite Magazine working side by side with some of the best Chefs in the country.
She then went to work for Domonique Fontinelle at Theo’s and the Washington Pavilion where she had the opportunity to learn French cuisine and also be a chef to famous people performing at the pavilion.
She also worked for Kaladis in Sioux Falls and learned proper coffee skills from Baristas out of Wisconsin and Minnesota’s Alterra Coffee Companies and was head Chef as well.
Her last adventure before starting up Willa B’s was with Avera Mckennans Cancer Institute where she was Lead Chef helping begin the Quarry Bistro & Star Bucks Coffee café.
Art is considered for the Emporium on an ongoing basis. Artists will be notified if their work is selected for inventory and should be prepared to provide the work soon after.
Tuesday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Saturdays 8:30 am – 2:00 pm