The LaHave Bakery

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The building which houses the LaHave Bakery, Homegrown Skateboards and the Craft Co-Op was originally the home of the LaHave Outfitting Company, a ship's chandlery and fish processing plant. It was built in 1896 and has stood the test of time, not to mention harsh weather and seas, thanks to the impressively solid construction. The outfitting company itself dates to the early 1900s. Some files and photographs from this time are stored in the main lunch room in the bakery for visitors to view. For those who wish to delve further, the Dalhousie University Archives have records relating to the LaHave Outfitters. Follow this link: http://www.library.dal.ca/DUASC/FindingAids/MS_4_88/

You can also click on the image below to read more about the early history of the LaHave Outfitting building.

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Newspaper clipping - click on the image to see a larger version

The following photos show LaHave and the LaHave Outfitters building as it was prior to redevelopment in the 1980s. Click on each photo to view a larger version - the larger image will open in a new window.

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Early 20th century, cod flakes drying in LaHave

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LaHave, 1909

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LaHave Outfitters, mid-20th century

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LaHave Outfitters, mid-20th century

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LaHave Outfitters, post-1946

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LaHave Outfitters prior to sale, late 20th century

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Turtle, LaHave Outfitters

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Turtle, LaHave Outfitters

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LaHave Outfitters, 1960

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LaHave Outfitters, mid-20th century

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Fraser Gray & Freeman Richard

Gael and Michael Watson purchased the building with their friends, Kathryn and Russ Gordon, back in 1984. By this time it was in need of extensive renovation. They undertook the installation of a new roof, repair to the wharf, and modifications for a bakery. The first floor and basement now contain the kitchens, craft co-op, bakery shop, and various storage areas. The second floor contains the offices and an exhibition space. The third floor has an apartment and Homegrown Skateboards.

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The Watsons, surveying construction work

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Time for a new roof

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The rebuild well underway

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The wharf in a poor state

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The LaHave Bakery is open for business

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The LaHave Bakery as it looks today

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1987 Newspaper clipping about the bakery


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