Log Cabin Bakery

Lorraine Evangeline and her daughter Helen Brown stand in the Log Cabin Bakery on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The bakery on Second Avenue North is closing at the end of the week.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

Tears welling up in her eyes, Lorraine Evangeline confirmed that Log Cabin Bakery will close this weekend. 

"We love this place," she said. "This is a dream."

Evangeline's daughter, Helen Brown, bought the bakery outright in June 2016, but has worked there for almost a decade. Evangeline, 80, came on to help last summer. They've sought for the last month to find a new buyer but have yet to be successful. 

As word started to get out to Log Cabin's regulars that the bakery may be closing, Brown finally made it official with a social media post Thursday morning. 

"I couldn't close and not tell people," Brown said. "I love our customers. They are great."

The bakery's doors will be open for the last time on Friday. And then the crew will staff the Log Cabin Bakery booth at the Farmer's Market on Saturday and that will be it. 

"The sheriff's office is having a fit," Evangeline said with a smile.

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Log Cabin Bakery

Lorraine Evangeline and her daughter Helen Brown stand in the Log Cabin Bakery on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The bakery on Second Avenue North is closing at the end of the week.

Brown decided to sell earlier this fall, calling it one of the hardest decisions she's ever had to make. But the job was taking a toll. For the past year, she's often put in 16-hour days and has worked six days a week for the last 11 months. Physically, she was starting to break down. 

"I'm tired," Brown said. 

Log Cabin is a Billings institution. The bakery itself is in the old downtown Billings fire house. The Log Cabin crew delivers doughnuts daily to the two hospitals, various downtown hotels, a number of stores and popular downtown eateries, like McCormick Cafe. 

The bakery was owned by Mike Schaer, who still owns the building. The bakery's name will return to Schaer as Brown and her crew prepare to walk away. 

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Log Cabin Bakery

Log Cabin Bakery on Second Avenue North is closing at the end of the week. Pictured Thursday, September 28, 2017. The bakery

Schaer is a fixture downtown. He owns Computers Unlimited, along with a number of buildings on Montana Avenue. He's responsible for helping transform that corner of downtown into the vibrant urban corridor it now is. Brown said he'll continue to work to find someone to take over the bakery. 

"We'll bounce back," Brown said. 

Evangeline, who has been a dispatcher, reserve deputy, restaurant owner and businesswoman, said she has no desire to retire. 

"I've got a get a job," she said. 

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