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.
Meet Our Staff!
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.
Lisa left a career in the nursing field to pursue something that combines her creativity and love of baking. A talented decorator and baker, she enjoys baking for her family, working in her flower gardens, reading a good book, and kayaking on the lake.
Abi, a 2020 graduate of Waterville Senior High School, provides a friendly greeting and help at the front counter. When she's not hanging with us, she's attending Simmons University in Boston as a Public Health major. In her spare time Abi enjoys reading and babysitting.
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.