La Tienda Pans

La Tienda supports Spain and her culture by offering the deepest selection of high quality traditional and iconic products. Whenever possible we support family-owned companies that produce hand-made products using free-range and sustainable resources. Our goals are to treat our customers and employees like family, to educate our customers about the products, values and traditions of Spain, and to be the recognized leader in offering fine Spanish products to America and Europe.

Our Growing Company

We founded La in 1996 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Our family had lived in Spain during the 1970’s, and we wanted to share with our neighbors a taste of Spain — as well as her grace, warmth and traditions — which have brought so much to our lives, as a family.

Family is our focus, just as the family is central to life in Spain, and we hope to share that emphasis with everyone we work with: you our customers, our employees, and our vendors. And of course nothing brings a family together like a wonderful meal!

Our company has grown steadily over the years, and today we carry hundreds fine products from across Spain. To serve our customers in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom, we have a distribution center in Virginia and one in Spain. Together they offer the broadest selection of fine Spanish food and related products available anywhere.

Consistent with our purpose, supports a healthy and productive work environment for our employees in Spain and in Virginia. In America all our employees receive paid health and dental care, life insurance and language classes in English and Spanish.

Supporting Traditional Spain and Sustainable and Ethical Production

We travel to Spain frequently, renewing friendships with those who provide us with their fine products and searching out new and interesting artisanal items to add to the growing list of products available online and through our catalog.

Whenever possible, we work with small family-run businesses in Spain, many of whom are continuing food-making traditions that go back generations. In addition, we are sensitive to issues concerning sustainable agriculture and fisheries, and to the ethical treatment of animals. We hope to help our Spanish neighbors stay connected to the land and their traditions. In turn, we hope that you will enjoy in your home the authentic flavors of Spain that have enriched our lives.

Our Commitment to You

Of course, none of this would be possible without a fundamental commitment to your experience as a customer. We guarantee a positive experience for you — quality products delivered in excellent condition, or we will replace or refund your purchase.

Many of our best products were suggested by our customers and we encourage and benefit from a very active relationship with our wonderful customers.

Whether you are from Spain, related to a Spaniard or just love the country and her food, we hope that you find a welcoming place to visit and shop. From our website to our catalog to our retail store, we are always happy to hear from you. Welcome to La Tienda.

The Harris Family

Recent Awards

National Outstanding Workplace of the Year On April 3, 2012, the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) awarded La Tienda the National Outstanding Workplace of the Year for its six year commitment to providing English classes free of charge for Spanish-speaking employees. The purpose of the Outstanding Workplace of the Year, Chester Klevins Award is to honor an institution which has developed an outstanding workplace literacy program serving a local community, state/province, region and/or nation.

Outstanding Workplace Education Partnership Award On October 13, 2010, the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education (VAACE) honored La Tienda with the Outstanding Workplace Education Partnership Award for providing English as a second language classes to their Spanish speaking employees, free of charge.

The Captain John Smith Award In September 2010 La Tienda was awarded the Captain John Smith Award at their local county’s 17th annual Celebration of Business. The honor is awarded annually by the James City County Economic Development team to an individual or business for exemplary contributions to their local community.

Now how exactly did the Harris family get so involved with Spain?

Our appreciation of the traditional Spanish culture began about forty-five years ago, and continues to grow each year as our family continues to explore the back roads and by-ways of Spain, experiencing the regional traditions that make Spain unique. In particular, we value the ways that artisans produce their food. The pace and methods that are time-honored, and we are committed to supporting these traditional ways of life by bringing their hand made products to a broader market.

Don, the father of the family, first experienced Spain when he stepped ashore as a young US Navy chaplain in 1965. Eight years later, he and his wife Ruth raised their young family among the sherry bodegas of El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) when Don was stationed at Base Naval de Rota. As they enjoyed life with their sons in a Spanish neighborhood, they grew to appreciate the personal dimension of Spanish life, where children are cherished and family ties are central. They have carried that appreciation forward into the formation of La where two of their three sons, Jonathan and Tim, are responsible for the day to day operation of the business.

Jonathan, the middle son of three, has been with since the very beginning and is responsible for the look and feel of the website and our catalog. A fine arts major, musician and cook, Jonathan spent a summer walking the Camino de Santiago during college and returned to walk it again with his wife Stacey several years later for their honeymoon.

Tim, the eldest, is responsible for much of the operational and financial side of the business and joined in 2002 after founding and operating several Internet startups during the 90’s. He spent his first years of primary school at El Centro Ingles in El Puerto de Santa Maria and returned many times to Spain while growing up.

Christopher, the youngest, is a diplomat with the US Foreign Service and while not involved with the business directly, consults closely with his family on LaTienda matters.


J. Roald Smeets – Pan Intercorp


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Since 1988, Pan Intercorp has been offering the koi keeping community in North America and beyond, high quality nishikigoi from many of Japan’s top breeders. Tucked away at the north end of Lake Washington in beautiful Washington State, Pan Intercorp’s eight acre facility is home to one of the largest selections of hand picked koi in the country. Not only is Pan Intercorp the sole authorized US importer for Sakai of Hiroshima and Yoshida Fish Farms, we have developed close relationships with a number of noted breeders throughout Japan, giving our clients access to koi varieties and bloodlines that are seldom available outside of Japan.

Pan Intercorp koi have taken top honors at shows throughout the US and Canada. In 2008 a koi sold by Pan Intercorp was awarded the most coveted accolade of all… the Grand Champion of the All Japan Combined Koi Show. This marked the first time that an American owned koi had been granted the title Grand Champion of the biggest and most prestigious koi show in the world.

Pan Intercorp’s Wholesale Division continues to be the number one choice for retailers looking for a reliable source of competitively priced healthy livestock, while our Retail Division has provided hundreds of Championship Quality Koi to hobbyists both in the United States and abroad.

In an ongoing mission to help create an optimum environment for rearing healthy koi, we offer a wide range of products for your pond including Pumps, Filtration Systems, and Water Clarifying equipment.

Recognizing that nutrition is a critical factor in developing and maintaining healthy koi, we offer Nozomi koi food direct from Japan. Nozomi is the koi food of choice for Japan’s leading breeders, including Sakai of Hiroshima.

With its launch in 1996, Pan Intercorp’s became the first commercial koi-related website on the Internet. Through the years has strived to provide the koi keeping community with the highest level of information, service and quality in both koi and koi related products.

Pan Intercorp is dedicated to serving all of your koi needs.

Peter Pan Bus Company

The company’s founder, Peter Carmine Picknelly, began his love for transportation in the early 1900’s as a chauffeur. In 1920, he went out on his own and started a small transit company called Orange Valley Bus Company in East Orange, NJ. Then, in 1925, Peter and three other Jitney operators decided to pool their resources and relocate to New England to start a larger transportation service in Hartford, CT, named Interstate Buses Corporation. After successfully launching and establishing that company, in 1932 he sold his interest in Interstate Buses Corporation to his partners and formed his own bus company in Springfield, MA … Peter Pan Bus Lines… in 1933. Peter Pan Bus Lines got its name from our founder’s children’s favorite bedtime story, Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie.

1933 JitneyPeter Pan started with just four 1933 Buick Jitney vehicles. Peter Pan’s first route, Northampton to Boston via Stafford Springs, CT, was a circuitous route that took over 3 1/2 hours with a round trip fare of $3.50!

After years of battling with the State of Massachusetts, in 1940 Peter Pan finally won approval from the State to operate from Springfield direct to Boston via Route 20, cutting travel time to under 2 ½ hours.

In 1942, Peter’s younger brother, Bill Picknelly, joined the bus company; followed by Bill’s son, Carmen Picknelly, who took over the management of Peter Pan’s Maintenance Department. Today, Carmen’s son, Tom Picknelly, is our Senior Vice President of Maintenance; and Tom’s son, Joe Picknelly, the 4th generation of the Picknelly family to enter the business, is Manager of Inventory Control & Fleet Maintenance.

In 1957, when the Massachusetts Turnpike opened, the company gained authority to travel on this new express route between Springfield, MA and Boston, decreasing the travel time to less than 2 hours… as quick as the automobile and faster than the train… giving birth to the concept of affordable, convenient mass transit. During this time, the company’s routes expanded to include many more communities throughout Massachusetts.

1963 marked a milestone for Peter Pan Bus Lines as the company achieved $1 million in annual sales. At this point, Peter Pan’s fleet consisted of 28 buses.

In January of 1964, founder Peter C. Picknelly died leaving the company’s helm to his 33-year old son, Peter Louis Picknelly.

The next few years brought tremendous success and growth to Peter Pan, particularly due to the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City. Peter Pan offered “all-expense-included” tours from western Massachusetts and Connecticut to the New York World’s Fair. The tours were a phenomenal success for the newly formed Peter Pan World Travel Service, a division that brought substantial financial growth to the company.

Ferrara Pan Candy Company

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English: A pile of Red Hots candies, made by Ferrara Pan Candy Company. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Salvatore Ferrara came to America from Nola, Italy in 1900 and founded Ferrara Pan Candy Company in 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of his immigration from Italy, Mr. Ferrara was skilled in the art of making Italian pastries and sugar coated candy almonds. Sugar coated candy almonds, otherwise known as “confetti”, continues to be a tradition at Italian weddings.

By 1904, Salvatore Ferrara had become proficient in the English language. Since he was fluent in both English and Italian the Santa Fe Railroad hired him as an interpreter between crews and their foreman. He worked at the Santa Fe Railroad for four years. In 1908 he came to Chicago and opened a retail pastry and confection shop. From 1908 to 1919 the sugar coated almond business experienced substantial growth and Mr. Ferrara was shipping to an extensive market in the Midwest.

In 1919, Salvatore Ferrara, Salvatore Buffardi and Anello Pagano, brothers-in-law, formed a partnership to engage in the manufacturing of a wide variety of confections. Upon the formation of the partnership they had constructed a manufacturing facility located at 2200 West Taylor Street in the City of Chicago. This is the same site in which the original Ferrara Bakery is still located. The same families, Ferrara, Buffardi and Pagano, continue to own and manage the Ferrara Pan Candy Company.

The word “pan” in the company name indicates that some of the candy we make is “panned”. This process involves building candy pieces from single units, such as grains of sugar, nuts or candy centers, tossing them in revolving pans while adding the flavor, color and other candy ingredients. This process continues until the pieces become the desired size. Finally, the candy gets a high polish with an edible vegetable wax, which gives it an attractive appearance. You can view this process on our virtual tours of “How Panned Candy Is Made”.

The Ferrara Pan Candy Company is equipped with the latest of automatic manufacturing and packaging equipment. All confections are made from the very finest of pure, wholesome ingredients and a continuous program of research is employed for the development of new products. J. Roald Smeets

Jeff Z. Pan

Department of Computing Science
The University of Aberdeen
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Pan, a division of TALX

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English: emperform (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pan, a division of TALX, is a leading provider of talent assessment and technology solutions for corporate and government clients worldwide. We help clients select and grow employees through our extensive assessments, robust technology solutions, talent measurement services and proctored testing services. Our clients benefit with access to the industry’s most diverse catalog of scientifically validated cognitive, personality, biodata and multi-rater feedback tests for employee selection, development and succession planning. We create results for our clients that reduce turnover; improve employee performance; help to identify and grow leaders; streamline the recruitment process; and so much more.