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.
You’ll often be greeted as you walk in the door with a friendly hello from Hannah who is our decorating creative genius. Check out her adorable sugar cookies, decorated in holiday themes. If you order a cake for a special occasion, rest assured that Hannah will make it extra special, creating a delight that will look as good as it tastes! In her spare time, Hannah enjoys traveling and relaxing by the water.
We encourage you to come visit us at 140 Western Avenue in Waterville!