Six years after opening The Lake Village Bakery, Shannon and Sean Peltier are ready to pass the spatula.
In May, Meagan Bibby and Ian Young will become the new owners of the only dedicated bakery in Osoyoos.
Regular customers may recognize Meagan as one of the full-time bakers at Lake Village, as well as Ian, who has helped man the front counter on peak days.
The engaged couple were also a regular fixture at the Osoyoos Market on Main in 2017, where they sold plant-based and allergy-friendly baked goods under the name The Ginger Baker.
“We moved to Osoyoos a year ago because we wanted to build our lives here,” said Meagan. “We love this community, so when Shannon told us that she was ready to sell the bakery, we knew that we had to take that opportunity.”
While Meagan — who recently completed her Level 2 of the Canadian Red Seal program in Baking and Pastry— honed her baking craft under Shannon’s tutelage, Ian was occupied as Guest Services Manager at Spirit Ridge Resort.
Ian’s hospitality experience also includes helping to open Terrafina by RauDZ at Hester Creek, and as a managing partner at 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar in West Kelowna.
For Shannon, there was no other option than to make sure that the bakery would end up in the safe hands of Meagan and Ian.
“It’s really important to me that the bakery goes to them. I know them really well and I know how passionate they are and that they are motivated to grow the business,” she said. “This sale is a really good thing. The bakery is going to people who are friends; It’s going to be the same, but better!”
Health issues and lifestyle are the primary motivators for the sale.
Not long after the bakery opened, Sean developed a severe allergy to flour which left Shannon to take care of the physical demands of the bakery on her own. The couple also has a five-year-old son, Zephyr, and Shannon is looking forward to being able to spend more time at home with her family.
The new owners say they will be utilizing the same recipes and keeping the same products that locals know and love. Over time, customers can expect to see more variety and an expanded selection, including allergy-friendly and plant-based items.
“We are really excited to carry on the legacy that Shannon and Sean started,” said Meagan. “The Lake Village Bakery has so much potential thanks to the support of this community, and we are looking forward to getting to know everyone even more over the coming months.”
Located at 6511 Main Street in the Cottonwood Plaza, The Lake Village Bakery offers fresh baked bread daily, as well as cinnamon buns, croissants and baked goods such as butter tarts.
The majority of the bread-based products are made in the traditional way with sourdough starter. During peak season, the baker’s day starts at 3:30 a.m., with many products regularly selling out by 10 in the morning.