Engine 5 Bakehouse was the last fire substation to close in the city of Waterville, ending an era. It later housed the city’s Parks and Rec department for several years. The building was purchased in late 2013 by Roland and Stephanie LaCroix. Stephanie, a former teacher and park ranger, was looking to try a new career as a baker and business owner. Renovation of the building turned into a nearly five-year project, culminating in the opening of Engine 5 Bakehouse in late June of 2018. The LaCroix family has a long fire-fighting history, and so it seemed only natural to keep the firehouse theme. History buffs will find a fascinating display of vintage photos and fire-fighting memorabilia that help to explain the history of the noble profession of fire-fighting.
Stephanie, a self-taught home baker, expanded upon her baking experience by working for a few central Maine bakeries during the renovation process. She loves anything chocolate, but understands that people probably want more choices than things just made with cocoa! Thus she has composed a lineup of items that include pies, breads, cookies, bars, cupcakes, cakes, and candy. New items are always being added, and special requests are very much welcomed.
Paula, our all star baker, has over 16 years of baking experience. Formerly of Lakeside Orchards, she can be found during fall weekends churning out doughnuts for the Apple Farm in Fairfield. An awesome bread and pie baker, Paula also enjoys making cookies and trying new recipes. When not making delicious pastries at Engine 5, she enjoys gardening and spending quality time with her grandchildren.
Jess, our star decorator, has been making cakes and desserts for the Greater Waterville Community for 20 years. Her experience and enthusiasm is evident in all of her creations. Jess can help you choose a cake to make any occasion special. In the warmer months she enjoys growing vegetables and flowers in her gardens.
Abi, a recent graduate of Waterville Senior High School, helps keep our dishes clean and our floors scrubbed. When she's not being Cinderella with us, she's studying, volunteering, or babysitting. In her spare time Abi enjoys reading and binge watching HOUSE.
Josh, a former college student, works hard to keep our facility clean and well-maintained. He's also our #1 taste-tester! When not hanging with us, he's your stereotypical nerd at home, enjoying everything from anime to videogames.
We encourage you to come visit us at 140 Western Avenue in Waterville!