Lake Village Bakery handing the spatula to new, familiar owners

By on April 3, 2018

Sean and Shannon Peltier couldn’t be happier to hand over the keys to The Lake Village Bakery to their dear friends, Meagan Bibby and Ian Young. Contributed photo)

Lake Village Bakery will be changing hands in May, but the new owners say they plan to keep the same baked goods that customers are used to.

After six years of running the business, Shannon and Sean Peltier are passing the spatula on May 1 to their friends and trusted employees, Meagan Bibby and Ian Young.

“It’s been a dream of Meagan’s for quite a while,” said Young. “Both of us have been in food service for a lot of our careers, one way or another. It’s just a bigger step.”

Bibby is already a full-time baker at Lake Village Bakery, while Young has helped at the front counter on busy days.

The couple was a regular fixture at the Osoyoos Market on Main in 2017, selling plant-based and allergy-friendly baked goods under the name “The Ginger Baker.”

Young said that while the bakery will continue to offer the popular baked goods the Peltiers have been producing, they plan to offer some of the plant-based and allergy-friendly products they’ve sold as The Ginger Baker.

They also plan to expand hours to open five days a week later this year.

Young said the couple has been in Osoyoos for about a year, after spending time travelling through Europe. Prior to that, Young lived in Kelowna for about 15 years and Bibby lived there for about five years.

Bibby comes from a family involved in food and hospitality. Her father is Daniel Bibby, general manager of Spirit Ridge.

Young said he loves to cook, but he isn’t a baker – that’s Bibby’s role. He’ll work more on the administrative side while slowly learning the trade.

For the Peltiers, their decision to sell is based on health issues and lifestyle.

Sean developed a severe allergy to flour not long after the couple started the bakery and he had to pursue other work.

That left Shannon to take care of the physical demands of the bakery on her own.

The couple also has a son, Zephyr, 5, and Shannon looks forward to spending more time at home with her family.

“This sale is a really good thing,” said Shannon. “The bakery is going to people who are friends. It’s going to be the same, but better!”

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

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