Same location, same name, for now
‘Ready-to-heat’ meals was the big thing at Second Helping, the Slave Lake business founded and run the past two or three years by Alison Goyette. That and soup lunches with some baked stuff. Plus teas. Plus canning and probably a few other things.
Bobbi Hartman is the new owner of Second Helping, having purchased it from Goyette a couple of weeks ago. She hopes to open it this week or next at the latest. It’ll retain the name for the next few months.
“I’m keeping it for the remainder of this year to honour her customers,” says Hartman.
In the meantime, she plans to continue with the frozen, ready-to-heat meals that Goyette made popular, plus the soups with baked stuff at lunch. More baked stuff.
“I’m a certified baker,” she says. “I want to do more baking.”
Canning she doesn’t know, but hopes to try it.
“One-man show,” she says. “No employees, other than the Hartman children.”
Hartman (nee Golding) has lived in Slave Lake since she was 10 years old. Her first job was in the bakery at the old IGA. She studied the craft at NAIT, but was married at 20 and started having kids at 21, so she hasn’t worked a great deal in the field, but she has done a lot of cooking. Most recently, it was at the Roland Michener School cafeteria, which she ran. With funding cuts, it has been closed and won’t reopen. She hopes to capture some of that business, not being too far from the school and knowing what the students like.
Last week when The Leader visited Hartman – with the help of Zach, her youngest – was working on shelving. The place has been renovated and she has plans for new displays. She says she wants to take the idea Goyette had “and run with it and see where it goes.”
Second Helping is located in the Ruecker Building, at 105, 6th Ave. SE. Hartman plans to operate Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.