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Sandra Langford, Bobcaygeon Bakery

Sandra Langford’s entrepreneurial spirit thrives with support from Kawartha Lakes business community

Sandra Langford

Entrepreneur Sandra Langford grew up in Stouffville, spending some time in Bobcaygeon and enjoying the cottage life. While working at Seneca College in Toronto, she met and married a French chef and relocated to Whistler. The couple and their children eventually moved to France, enjoying the picturesque countryside of Provence for 28 years and running a catering company.

To be closer to family, Sandra returned to Bobcaygeon in 2017 and purchased a local bakery. It needed a lot of work, but with Sandra’s personal touch and passion for food, she created a thriving business with nine staff, most of who are still with the business. It has become a hot spot in the area for locals and tourists alike.

There’s a lot of help available if you’re willing to do your part.

“A big part of becoming entrenched in the community was getting connected with the business community. I sought out the resources available and got a grant through the Starter Company program through the municipality’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre. There’s a lot of help available if you’re willing to do your part. For a small business starting out, they were right there with me, kept me dialed in, helping me to make the bakery better. That’s the beauty of moving here – there’s lots of people out there to give a helping hand.”

When Sandra joined the Chamber of Commerce, she was warned about the summer season. “They told me how crazy busy it can be, and they were right. From the May long weekend through to Labour Day, it’s hopping. We have amazing customers. Things went from good to better to great.” 

Bobcaygeon Bakery was sold in early 2021 and Sandra is eager for the next chapter of her entrepreneurship. This time, she’ll be catering to cottagers looking to escape to Kawartha Lakes for a long weekend or a summer retreat at the Lake Dalrymple Resort. As a baker she sees the sunrise every day. “I don’t think that will change, I love getting up to enjoy the beauty of the early morning.”

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