Wolfsen’s Meat & Sausage, the local shop that has put Gustine on the map for decades, will soon be under new ownership.
Residents need not worry because the new owners, Andrew and Danielle Quintal, plan to keep the operations going just as outgoing owners Vance and Donna Wolfsen have for 34 years, according to the couple.
“With an excited but heavy heart we have sold our business,” Vance and Donna Wolfsen said in a letter announcing the sale. “We are handing it lovingly over to an amazing couple, Andrew and Danielle Quintal and their amazing family. These new owners of Wolfsen’s Meat & Sausage plan to keep everything the same and in time add some exciting changes to this growing business. We are also planning on helping them to succeed as much as we can.The business came into the hands of Vance Wolfsen when he purchased it in 1988. At the time, it was a custom-cutting locker plant which processed livestock and wild game for clients. Vance had experience in meat processing and sausage-making on the Wolfsen ranches and had a vision to turn the shop at 358 South Avenue into a retail shop.
“We started a little meat case in 1990, and started making a little sausage,” Vance previously told Westside Connect. “We still did all the custom work because we only sold a little sausage. Then we started making a few sandwiches….the sausage business grew and so did the sandwiches.”
Donna started working there a couple of years after the purchase and brought with her some sage advice about making the business a destination. And that is exactly what Wolfsen’s has become for many around the region and further beyond.
The company offers a variety of fresh-cut, vacuum-packed meat, frozen specialty products, signature sandwiches, smoked meats, jerky, marinades, and sauces. But at Wolfsen’s the real star of the show has always been the sausages. The shop features more than 60 different kinds of smoked and fresh sausages, all made entirely in house from recipes perfected over the years using fresh, quality ingredients.
A fire in 2005 caused considerable damage to the shop and had the couple questioning if it was the end of their business. They decided to rebuild and came back to a supporting community.
In 2018, Assemblyman Adam Gray selected Wolfsen’s as the District’s Small Business of the Year.
In the letter submitted by Vance and Donna, they honor all the people that have made their local business such a success, from the people who worked there, to the people who shopped there.
“We have been so very blessed for over 34 years to have built a successful business that we are so very proud of,” the couple wrote. “We are thankful for all our amazing employees who have entered our family over these past years, and are so thankful to them for all of their hard work dedication and friendships.
“We are thankful for the amazing customer base that we have developed and all the wonderful friendships that have come from that. We have always considered everyone in our life as a blessing from God and you all have been a gift to us in so many ways.
“A big thank you to the community of Gustine, all our wonderful vendors that we have had the pleasure of working with and our totally amazing customers from all over California,” the couple wrote.
The letter concludes with a note of support for the new owners coming in.
“We wish the new owners all the best and ask that our customers to please continue to support Wolfsen’s for all your specialty meats, jerky, sandwiches and all the varieties of fresh and smoked sausages.
“We will be seeing some of you around and for those we might not run into, thank you, thank you, thank you for all you have done for us. May God’s blessings be with you all.”