The Lake Village Bakery
Founded in 2012, The Lake Village Bakery is proud to call Osoyoos home. Husband and wife team, Meagan and Ian Young-Bibby, purchased the bakery from the Peltiers in May 2018. Today, they continue the legacy as a traditional artisan sourdough bakery with the same beloved recipes. As a traditional sourdough bakery, each loaf takes three days to make, from mixing through baking. It is a process filled with love and care; we can’t wait to share it with you! We bake with local, organic, and spray-free fruit and vegetables in season. We also stock up and process our favourites for mid-winter bursts of flavour in the form of galettes, berry tarts, shortcakes and savoury treats. Our goal is to create exceptional customer experiences with each person that walks through our door. At the Lake Village Bakery, you will always be greeted and treated like family.
In Business Since 2012
Best Community Impact
What motivated you to start your business and what core cause do you support?
The Lake Village Bakery was founded in 2012 as a traditional artisan sourdough bakery. In 2018, Meagan and Ian Young-Bibby purchased the bakery, with a goal of keeping natural, nourishing foods on the forefront, while impacting positive change within their community. By early 2019, The LVB said goodbye to single-use plastics, and hasn't purchased a single plastic bread bag, box of cling wrap, or any plastic packaging since. Along with this came the switch to a waste-free coffee station, with no to-go cups available. Instead, customers could bring their own cups, or borrow one of ours on an honour system. Food waste is composted at the Young-Bibby's home, and produce is sourced from local organic & spray-free farmers only. All of the flours used at The LVB are organic with the exception of our unbleached All-Purpose flour, with the goal to switch to 100% organic flours and grains by 2022. The bakery has become a place to find quality baked goods for everyone, with a keen focus on local & organic produce and ingredients, such as honey, flour, and cheese. Now a Bakery & Pantry, The LVB supports local artisans through their 100% made-in-BC retail store, with over 90% of products from right here in the Okanagan & Similkameen valleys. Aside from providing the community with quality local goods, The LVB donates weekly to Desert Sun's school backpacks program, providing low-income families with school-aged kids with nourishing meals. Alongside regular donations to the South Okanagan Women In Needs Society, Desert Sun, the Osoyoos Food Bank, and The Osoyoos Museums Society, The LVB raises funds through various sales throughout the year to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), and local families in times of need. The LVB is an inclusive and welcoming place to work and shop, with a zero tolerance policy for prejudice of any kind. Our mission is to create exceptional experiences with every person who walks through our door, with everyone being greeted and treated like family. The LVB team works hard and works together to bring a little more love into the community.
Why do you deserve to win the Best Community Impact award?
We believe that you get what you give, and The Lake Village Bakery is successful and thriving because of our community. Because of the loyalty and trust of our customers, we have been able to learn, grow, and pivot during these uncertain times into a better version of ourselves. These opportunities for improvement have demonstrated that the strength of a community comes from all angles, and requires constant work. We're ready and willing to do that work, and be the change.
Premier's People's Choice
We were nominated for this award, and can't speak as to why we should be People's Choice winners. We make quality bread and pastries with the environment in mind, and treat people the way we want to be treated; like family. We believe that you get what you give, and The Lake Village Bakery is successful and thriving because of our community.