The small stone house
At the big bend in Leelanau County’s Eagle Highway, in a grove of century-old maples, stands a small stone house as old as the trees. Otto LaBonte’s daughter trudged out there every morning to turn the cream separator, and to this day she calls it
The Creamery. The windows and door were gone when we first saw the house, the roof leaked, the huge bumblebees cruised in to visit ancestral nests in the thick walls. We tuckpointed the stone and fixed the roof and windows, and the building is ready now for another hundred years. Stone House Bread takes inspiration from the solid honesty of its split stone, the simple, strong lines of its architecture, and its promise certain of sturdy shelter.
This small stone house is a constant reminder of our beginning in 1995. Once a small bakery located in the picturesque little village of Leland. Leland is found on a sliver of land between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau, on beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. Between 1995-2003 this Leland location sheltered a massive steam injected German oven and was the birthplace of the award-winning Stone House Bread Bakery! During the early years in this historic location, the bakery hand formed around 900 loaves of bread for local daily deliveries. As more people discovered the fine, fragrant, crusty loaves the need for more space was unavoidable.