Nola Dusevic stands in front of the Golden Bakery

Golden Bakery finds ways to stay involved in the community

Family run since 1970, and the Golden Bakery is still going strong today

Family run since 1970, and the Golden Bakery is still going strong today.

“Mom and Dad (Joe and Evelyn Dusevic) bought it in 1970. And they, we, ran it until now,” said Darren Dusevic, owner of the baker on 9th Avenue North.

“Right since the beginning it’s been a family thing,” said Dusevic, comparing it to a family farm where everyone helps out. “I had to learn how to bake, there was no way around that. We always worked there even as kids, my sister and I, and then in 1979 is when I started baking full time.”

Dusevic’s three children worked in the bakery when they were younger, and there are three to five family members working in the shop almost all the time.

“There’s always at least three family in the bakery, sometimes up to five. It depends who’s in town and who I can rope into it,” said Dusevic. “My dad still works there every day.”

The bakery has become a community landmark, serving as a regular spot of locals to hang out and chat.

“It becomes a bit social for us. You see people, and regulars coming in. I like the fact that people just come down to talk, and I enjoy visiting with them,” said Dusevic.

It wasn’t always that way. Before 1986 they weren’t a coffee shop, and didn’t have tables in the bakery.

In 1986 we expanded and put some tables and chairs in it. And then we did some more expansion in 1990… and that was when we brought in what we have now (which is about 50 chairs),” said Dusevic.

Since the expansion, the bakery now offers a wide variety of baked goods, deli items including sandwiches, soups, and salads all made in store, coffee and cappuccino.

“We get a lot of workers into the shop. A lot of people pick up quick lunches, and the breakfast sandwiches that we sell are extremely popular. People grab those things on the way to work, that’s why we’re open so early,” said Dusevic.

The bakery has not only been a job for the Dusevics, but also a way to stay in Golden, the community they love.

“We always like being involved with stuff,” said Dusevic. He and his wife Nola have been involved with the Terry Fox Run, Shreiners, and various sports organizations around town.

“We live here, so we want to help, and especially if our kids are in it. But we’ve been involved with things our kids haven’t been as well. And I’ve always believed a small business should give back to the community as much as it can. The community has been good to us for a very long time.

 

Just Posted

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Business Profile: Miller brings nearly 30 years of experience to Golden Home Building Centre

Are you thinking of starting a project around the house, fixing something… Continue reading

Bacchus Books hosts Gerritt Shumyk March 25

A cozy venue, nestled in the heart of downtown Golden, hosts musicians… Continue reading

Isaac Tetrault brings home karate trophy, Golden competitors win medals

Submitted Golden Shotokan Karate travelled to Port Moody on March 9 for… Continue reading

VIDEO: RCMP reveal five kids hit in deadly B.C. crash

The children range in age from six to 17.

British Columbians are paying more for booze but also broccoli

Victoria’s inflation was 2.3 per cent, a tick above Vancouver’s of 2.2 per cent

UPDATED: Three dead in Surrey crash: police

Single-vehicle crash occurred around 10:30 a.m., police remain on-scene

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Coroner’s inquest announced for Victoria teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

Most Read