If you’re going to be in the neighbourhood today, please stop by our booth and say ‘hello’!
We were featured in this months newsletter put out by the White Rock BIA.
Two years ago the previous owner of Hillcrest Bakery decided it was time to retire and close the bakery doors forever.
David and Sheana knew that they couldn’t let this happen and that saving Hillcrest Bakery was the right thing to do for the community.
Hillcrest had previously always been a family owned and run bakery, so David and Sheana wanted to keep it that way.
In order to uphold the tradition and success of Hillcrest, sacrifices for the Moyer family had to be made,
“I gave up my career to work together with David at the bakery so we could keep it a family business…
a lot of people in White Rock are focused around family businesses,” mentioned Sheana.
By keeping Hillcrest a family business and continuing to use all the original recipes,
Hillcrest is able to maintain and build regular customers;
“It’s a lot of fun to be able to interact with our customers, we really like getting to know them.
It’s important to us that we connect with them and maintain our strong relationship with the community.”
Opening in 1972, due to the essential need for a bakery in White Rock, 41 years later,
Hillcrest Bakery still stands and operates as an integral part of the White Rock community.
David Moyer, now storeowner and manager, worked as a baker at Hillcrest for 23 years before purchasing the bakery two years ago with his wife, Sheana Moyer.
During his employment, David quickly developed an understanding of why the community has such an attachment to this business and what makes it such a special bakery.
Since opening, Hillcrest has always been owned and run by Europeans, attributing to the bakery’s use of high-quality ingredients and original homemade recipes.
Today David, Sheana and their talented staff bake decedent desserts according to the recipes that were originally used when the bakery first opened.
David mentioned, the key to maintaining the success of Hillcrest is to, “… use the original recipes.
It ensures that customers get exactly what they expect.
They can come here to find their favorite treats and can be taken back in time to a childhood memory…
we commonly have people coming in and saying ‘I remember getting those cookies with my Grandma when I was a kid,’
so by keeping those same recipes and high-quality, people keep coming back.”
Hillcrest is mostly a grab and go style bakery, yet tables line the indoor and outdoor perimeters of the shop for those who enjoy staying for a bite.
The bakery offers a large variety of desserts including: cake slices, custom cakes, wedding cakes, cookies, and pastries.
They also do party platters with fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses, takeout dinners once a month,
homemade pizza dough, specialty breads, gluten free options, and a wide variety of ready-to-eat deli items.
What distinguishes Hillcrest is that all bakery items are made from scratch.
“… there are very few scratch bakeries left in the lower mainland…we’re very proud to be one…
it’s why I’ve always been so proud to work here,” said David.
With the luxury of making everything from scratch, the bakery has the ability to take custom orders.
In most cases, “…we can make what the customer is looking for… we have done full quiches for people even though that’s not something we normally do.
We like to accommodate people in everyway we can and are open to a lot of things,” said Sheana.
Due to the bakery’s longevity and high-quality assurance, customers come from as far as Chilliwack and Abbotsford.
“We had a woman come from Delta just to get our black forest cake because it has real whipped cream and we make our own fruit filling.
She swears it’s the best black forest cake in the lower mainland,” David explained.
Distinguishing itself from other bakeries, Hillcrest offers many unique items including frozen pizza dough which is frozen in one pound packages.
They sell homemade real Italian marinara sauce as well, so all you have to do is add toppings and you’re done!
Many other items are offered at the bakery. Customers love the rainbow cake with vibrant colours that you can buy by the slice. They are always running out of
Copenhagen’s and vanilla slices and some days the homemade fresh soup doesn’t even make it past the noon hour.
We are very pleased to announce that Amber P., Tessa L. & Heather T. are the winners of our Instant Karma Baskets.
A big ‘Thank You’ to Eileen & Debbie (our last customers on Saturday) for drawing the names. And Thank You as well to all who entered.
Now the fun really begins. All three winners have been contacted and they’ll be coming in soon to get their baskets filled. Once they’ve finished all their goodies and the basket is empty, they get to decide who the next deserving recipient is and that person will get their basket filled and on it goes. Sheana is going to do a flow-chart on a wall at the bakery so you’ll be able to watch as the baskets make their way through the community.
We’ll fill a maximum of 5 baskets a month so hopefully by this time next year 60 people will have enjoyed some Instant Karma!
David & Sheana
“Together we can change the world, one good deed at a time.”
Instant Karma Basket
Enter your name and email address on the entry form (only customers are eligible)
On Sept 14, 2013 Three (3) entry forms will be drawn
If your name is pulled we will contact you within 24 hours and your “Instant Karma” basket will be waiting for you to come in and fill it.
When you arrive you will get the opportunity to fill you basket with:
- 100g any deli meat
- 1 loaf regular bread
- 150g dip of your choice
- assortment of 1 dozen small cookies
- 1 loaf sweet bread or loaf
- 4 bakery items not to exceed $1.40 each
Once you have emptied your basket, pass it on to a friend or co-worker or stranger….
This person will then bring the empty basket into the bakery.
We will ask their name and email address.
Once they provide us with this information, we will be glad to refill the basket.
They will have the same choices as you did.
The basket is then passed on to another friend or co-worker or…
Hillcrest Bakery & Deli will be more than happy to fill a maximum of 5 baskets per month for the next twelve months.
Instant Karma is just around the corner…get yours today!
Hello Sheana & Robyn,
I just wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU for making our gorgeous cake for my husband’s 40th Birthday party. Everyone said how delicious the Grand Marnier butter cream was and several friends said they will now buy cakes from you and one is even going to drive from downtown just to get your cakes.
The cake was delicious but what I was absolutely WOWED by was the cake design. I requested a casino style cake and I could not believe the amount of work and detail that went into this cake. Your cake had more detail in it that my own wedding cake that cost 3 times as much.
I am forever grateful to you for having such pride in your work, and taking such care to help make our day a special one and keeping in my budget. It was so much better than I imagined. You did such an amazing job, and I appreciate you helping me via phone because of my newborn baby and difficulty of coming in person to the shop.
I was a first time customer, and now I’m a lifetime customer!! (and so are about 30 of our closes friends now)
THANK YOU so much!
Back in the day when ‘low-carb’ diets were all the rage, we made a 9.5 carb bread (made with whole wheat and soya flours). But when that particular diet fell out of fashion so did that particular bread and now we only make it for special orders.
We had such an order for today and I made a few extra loaves to use for our sandwich special.
We also have a Chicken Meatball Sub (who knew chickens had balls?) and Eccles Cakes to tempt you!
We have Split-Pea/Ham Soup to warm you up on this cold wet day.
There are loads of Christmas goodies to try.
And the Sandwich special is on our Oat Bran Bread.
I remember my dad touting the virtues of oat bran after his first heart attack..
He put it in…everything.
His healthy new lifestyle probably should have included not smoking.
Oh well, it makes a tasty loaf of bread!