153 A Stewart St E, Vanderhoof, BC
Meet Barend & Laurie Van Dijk
Barend Van Dijk was looking for a business opportunity when he married his wife, Laurie. Consequently, Laurie says, she became an entrepreneur by default when the couple purchased Woody’s Bakery a quarter century ago. It was a move the couple never regretted, even in spite of the unique challenges that go along with small town business ownership.
The two consider themselves fortunate to be able to be their own bosses and cast their own vision when it comes to running the business, though they laugh when someone asks them what they do with their spare time. “What spare time?!” Besides putting fresh ingredients into their cakes, pastries, breads and other baked goods, the Van Dijk’s try to stay fresh in business. This means always adapting and trying new things. One of those new things is a gluten-free line they hope to launch soon.
Woody’s Bakery has a strong reputation in the community, partly because of its longevity and partly because of the Van Dijk’s readiness to help out with local causes. They support the local schools and community events and fundraisers. They’re also avid supporters of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Fresh. Aromatic. Mouth-Watering.
Woody’s Bakery owners, Barend and Laurie Van Dijk, credit their 25 years of business success in Vanderhoof to their loyal customers. Some of those customers, in fact, have been coming in for years, decades even, for their favourite loaf of bread or a special birthday cake. They say all of their customers, both individual and retail, have been a joy to serve over the years.
According to the Van Dijk’s, another part of remaining successful is staying on top of market trends. This includes dietary changes, something that is prompting them to introduce a line of gluten-free products soon. Staying fresh and relevant and offering personal service in a community full of friendly people, they believe, will keep Woody’s Bakery alive and thriving for many more years.
- 153 A Stewart St E
- Vanderhoof, BC
- V0J 3A0, Canada
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