Natural Ovens Bakery was founded in 1976 by Paul A. Stitt, who was disgruntled by the lack of quality whole grain bread available to his health food store. Without operating capital but with a good helping of determination and zeal, he purchased a local bakery and developed his own brand.

Paul became a nutrition leader and dedicated his life to creating a brand rich in essential vitamins and minerals, which he saw as vital to the human body, but without chemical additives or preservatives. Local customers could count on Natural Ovens to be years ahead of nutrition trends.

Paul and his wife, Barbara, retired from day-to-day operations of running the bakery in 2006 and in March of 2007 Natural Ovens Bakery became part of Alpha Baking Company, Inc. of Chicago. Natural Ovens Bakery continues to carry on a tradition of baking high quality, wholesome breads.