Two very favorably blessed central Puget Sound inlets, Minter Bay and Rocky Bay, lying opposite each other on the northern portion of the Key Peninsula, lay waiting for some enterprising individuals to develop their potential. Eventually enterprising individuals answered the call. Over the last 80 plus years Minterbrook Oyster Company has served generations of shellfish lovers who have enjoyed the savory fruits of the harvest thanks to the Secor and Wiksten familys’ development and stewardship of the nearby shellfish resources.
Minterbrook Oyster is deeply rooted in family and community soil. The Hubert Secor family started Minterbrook in 1932. Harold and Beverly Wiksten bought Minterbrook in 1954. The Wiksten family grew and expanded Minterbrook significantly until selling to the Kingman family in 2012. 58 years of development, growth and maintenance of Minterbrook Oyster by the Wiksten family is a remarkable family legacy. The Kingman family has a great respect and appreciation to the Wiksten family for all of their efforts, and is looking forward to adding to the rich family heritage of Minterbrook.
Kent, Donna, Austin, and Garrett Kingman are the new owners of Minterbrook Oyster Company. Kent and Donna for the last 22 years have consulted with many companies in North America in the culture transition and organizational change field. “We get to do this process one more time, but this time our efforts are being invested in our own personal company in the community our children have lived in all their life. ” The Kingman’s live in the Key Peninsula/Gig Harbor area and are appreciative of the opportunity that Minterbrook Oyster provides to stay in the community they love…no more flying all over the country; no more living out of a suitcase.