NEW PROCESS for Special Orders

For Friday June 12th & Saturday June 13th

We are entering into a new phase at Hearthstone as we transform from a Special Orders Only system to mixing both the Special Orders and regular walk-in sales for folks who haven’t pre-ordered.

To that end, we would love to get YOUR orders in so that the main items you want will be put aside for you for whenever you do drop into the shop.

So let’s just jump on the main items we really need to have prepared and bagged ahead of time: the Bread and Sausage Rolls.

The bread lineup for FRIDAY the 12th will be:
Hearthstone’s Classic Sourdough – $5.50
Seeded Sourdough – $6.25
– We will need these loaves ordered by Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. so we can get the starter going in time for Friday sales

Sorry for the short notice! We will make sure to have extra loaves out this day to make up for this.
7-Grain panned – $5.95
Peasant White panned – $5.50

Cheddar panned – $6.25
Cheddar & Jalapeno panned – $6.25
Berlin 90% Rye (600g or 1200g loaves) – $5.50 or $8.95
– These loaves need to be ordered by Wednesday 5 p.m.

The bread lineup for SATURDAY the 13th will be:
Hearthstone’s Classic Sourdough – $5.50
Cranberry Walnut Sourdough – $6.25
– We will need these loaves ordered by Wednesday at 5 p.m. so we can get the starter going in time for Saturday sales.

7-Grain panned – $5.95
Peasant White panned – $5.50
Cheddar panned – $6.25
Cheddar & Jalapeno panned – $6.25
Baguettes – $3.95

– These loaves must be ordered by Thursday at 5 p.m.

We will have bread available on the bread shelves but there is a possibility that we will run out before your arrival.


Your usual selection of Sausage Rolls (6 for $22) in any combination of:
Beef & Pork
Turkey & Chicken
Curry Veg (low numbers available)

Note that the Curry Veg roll is running low so we may not have enough for both days or for pre-orders and walk-ins. We are working on replenishing these next week.
If you want Curry Veg rolls, please pre-order ASAP but even then you may want to add an alternative (Beef or Turkey) in the event we run out.

Pre-order by Wed at 5 p.m. for Friday pick up
and Thur 5 p.m. for Saturday pick up.


We will have available on the counter and in the display case several pastries and treats (various prices) that people have asked for and missed. These will include:

  • Croissants
  • Ham & Swiss croissants
  • Danishes
  • Fudge Brownies
  • Scones
  • Cookies
  • Cake slices
  • Cupcakes
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Lemon bars
  • and more…

Please see what is available when you arrive. And remember that this is weekend #1 so numbers available may not be ideal as some things need to be made anew.

IF all goes well, we’ll expand to Thursday, Friday and Saturday for next week and pretty soon we will be back to our usual schedule! And the world may look a bit more “normal” by then.


As before:

Send an email to
Subject: “Pre-orders June 12” (or) “June 13”
Email Body:
Your name
Your Phone Number
Confirm what DAY You Want to Pick Up.

Bread: Add your desired bread(s) and quantities
Please double-check the order deadline times for your desired pickup day.
Are you in the Bread Club? Let us know so we can track where you are on the way to your free loaf.

Sausage Rolls: Add the desired sausage rolls flavours and quantity (6 for $22).
If including Curry Veg rolls, you may want to select an alternative if we run out.
WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE in the even the Curry rolls all sell out during Pre-Order.

NOTE: We will NOT be sending out specific pick-up times, only order receipt confirmations as we are merging personal pick up times with walk-in service. We are open from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and you can pick up your order at any point in that time range.

What’s in the future?

If this weekend works well, we will expand our open days and possibly hours until we are back to our regular store schedule.

We will move away from the Special Orders system, although still encouraging people to use if for larger bread orders (3+ of any one type) so that we both have the bread they need and don’t wipe out the available loaves for people coming after them.

It’s a work in progress and, like much over the last few months, it’s learning as we go.

And finally, for this week, I personally want to thank all our amazing customers – that’s YOU! – who have helped us maneuver through the past couple of difficult months with their support and belief in what we produce. It would have been much more difficult to get through to this side of the quarantine without you and your support.

Thank you all, you are truly appreciated

From Paul and the staff of
Hearthstone Artisan Bakery

A Little Heat As We Get Cooler

It’s coming up to fall and the weather here in Nanaimo is already starting to chill down.

With that in mind, perhaps this is a good time to heat yourself up with our newest offering, the Spicy Chorizo sausage roll! Deliciously herbed & spiced, this latest addition to our customers’ favourite sausage roll family has a bit of a kick. Be forewarned, this isn’t entirely a mildly spicy treat, it does have some heat. At the same time, it’s not a death-defying beast, either.

After some testing, we’ve found the perfect level of heat to have it bite back a little without disappointing those of us who appreciate spicy. It’s just enough to tell you “Yep, there’s a kick here” without causing alarm bells to fire off.

But aside from the heat levels, it’s still a Hearthstone sausage roll, so the emphasis is decidedly on flavour as well. Wrapped in a buttery and crispy golden brown puff dough, it’s everything people who feel we make the best sausage rolls in town will be very happy with.

Up for a bit of a warm up while the weather outside heads towards “frightful”?  This is a snack you’ll probably want to try out at least once.

Have a bite of something that’ll bite you back a bit! Super tasty with a nice kick and available every day. And if spicy isn’t you cup o’ tea, we still offer the Chicken & Turkey, Beef & Pork and the (mild) Curry Veggie rolls – be sure to get a mango chutney dip for that last one!

Something for everyone here!

July 1st Long Weekend

It’s CANADA DAY 2018!!!

This year Canada Day falls on Sunday July 1 followed by a Stat Holiday on Monday July 2.

Hearthstone Artisan Bakery be closed on both Sunday July 1 and Monday July 2 so that our dedicated bakery staff can get at least 2 days off during this “long weekend”.

We’ll have Canada Day themed desert treats throughout the week prior and we’ll be taking orders for burger and hot dog buns for pick up Friday or Saturday.  Although we’ll try and have plenty of both available without pre-order, you can guaranty your own bundle o’ buns will be available if you order at least by end of Wednesday, June 27th. Drop into the shop or call during our open hours (8 am. to 6 pm Monday – Saturday, 250-591-9944) to put in your order.

Our hand-crafted Hot Dog & Burger buns come in packs of 6 for just $4.45. Please specify if you’d like them topped with or without sesame seed – default is with – and whether you’ll pick them up Friday or Saturday; they’ll be made from scratch just for you earlier that morning.

We hope that, however you end up celebrating Canada Day, everyone has a tasty, safe and memorable holiday weekend!

🎶 Happy Birthday to us! 🎵

Mid-Month Treats

Our bakers have a couple of tasty French Macarons lined up for you this time:

Ice cream flavour macarons! First, a refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip along with tasty Cookies ‘n Cream! Be sure to come by the shop and pick up yours before they’re all gone!

And coming shortly, we’ll be rounding up the ice cream theme with Neapolitan macarons!
Watch for an update here, on our Instagram feed or Facebook for that announcement.

Latest Bread Schedule

Bread Schedule

Here is our latest (May 16th, 2018) line up of handmade breads you’ll find at Hearthstone. Click the image for a larger size view.

New on this list: our 100% Rye Seeded Loaf, available Thursdays and Fridays.

100% rye
100 Rye with seeds

2018 Best of the City

The 2018 Best of the City Readers’ Choice Awards are here!

UPDATE: This Award Nomination process is now closed.

Thanks to everyone who voted!

First thing we need to point out is that the deadline for submissions for this is
VERY VERY CLOSE!  The final date to submit your favourite location is
11 p.m. Sunday, May 13th 2018. So you’ll want to jump on that pretty fast!

In order to get in, here’s the link to the registration and voting page.

And here are the multiple categories that you can vote for “Hearthstone Artisan Bakery”:

Under “Shops and Services”:

Best Customer Service

And under “Food”, all of these:

Best Cinnamon Buns
Best Desserts
Best Bakery
Best Place to get a Nanaimo Bar

We want to thank everyone for their votes on our behalf last year and getting us to “Best Deserts for 2017” status. We hope you’ll support us again this year and let the world – or at least the fine folk in Nanaimo – know that we’re your bakery of choice once more!

Our First BakersNews Post!

Hey there Bakery Fans! You’ve just found the very first post in our new Bakers’ News section! This will be where we will place announcements, updates and specials as they happen in and about the Hearthstone Artisan Bakery.

We’re just getting this News area settled in and working out any small glitches so there’s not quite a specific reason to write.

So in order to make this somewhat useful, let’s talk about the 2018 Best in the City Readers’ Choice Awards….

on the next page!