History & About



In the 1920s, William Riley was introduced to the baking world while serving in the United States Army. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, William and his wife, Katherine, operated a very successful bakery in Corbin, Ky. During World War II, sugar rationing caused the majority of bakeries to limit their inventory. In 1943, William heard of one bakery in Bowling Green, Ky., that was not affected by the war’s sugar rationing … and it was for sale. The couple drove to Bowling Green, purchased the bakery, and continued to operate both establishments throughout the remainder of the war. 

In 1945, the Rileys moved to Bowling Green, and the Corbin bakery was taken over by William’s brother. In 1968, a new location was built at the well-known address of 819 US 31-W ByPass. 

In 1973, William Riley died and his son, Dan, took over the business. Dan developed the business into the sweet spot of Bowling Green. Today, Dan and Sandy’s son, Shaun, is the third generation of Rileys to run this special Bowling Green establishment that we all know and love.



Proud to be part of the Bowling Green, Ky., community, we cherish each and every one of our loyal patrons. For decades, we’ve created timeless treats that turn your most precious moments into precious memories – the ones of home.

And now the simple, traditional love of Tea Cookies is easier than ever to share. Because we’ve made our beloved Tea Cookies available for all with just the click of a mouse. You can place an order anywhere at any time for any occasion.