Hood's Bakery on Queen Street in Belize City, 1908
You can see the bricks of the building now known as the Upstairs Cafe. The owner says that the entire building is constructed of bricks. You can see a store on the ground floor named La Rosita. LaRosita was a novelty shop. You can see Hood's Bakery Office entrance. Maybe we even catch a glimpse of Dr. Heusner making his rounds in his Model T Ford, or more likely it is the Police vehicle known as the Black Maria or Mariah used for transporting prisoners. The Association Friendship Youth Association (FYA) once had their Association's Head Quarters upstairs. The building next door, #6, burned down so long ago. If you look closely you can see a verandah protruding, that is the Angelus Press founded by the Burns. The Angelus was the third from the left, the second "peaked" building. Before the Cafe, even before the centre, that building once housed the temporary offices of the Mexican Consulate. On the top was Dicky Gardner Club, near the alley of Woods Bakery. Next to Upstairs Cafe, walkway to the back was Castaways Disco; previously El Patio.
After Hood's Bakery closed down, my Uncle worked at an ice cream parlour that was in its place. Then when we were teenagers, there was a discotheque there, I think the discotheque was El Patio. I used to love their bread and buns, especially at harvest time.
In the place of Hoods Bakery I believe it was a Turk's store after the big building at the corner of Queen and North Front Streets. If you notice in those days the traffic was coming from the Police Station side to the bridge.
The building where Hood's Bakery is is still there. Many businesses have called it home. I understand it is now owned by Bob Huchandani (2020). I also understand that the inside of this building still has the original clay bricks.
Alden Leslie worked at Hood's Bakery for many years. Hood's Bakery was still in existence till early 70's. Sad story of the owner's son at the time who was electrocuted by exposed live wires.
The shop at the front and the adjoining store used to be operated by a Turkish man named Mr. K! Thatís what we called him! All the material for my clothes were bought there, sometimes on credit! Harold Usher
Used to go get fresh hot bread here. We had to take our towels to buy our bread. Ha ha, Remember when walking into the entrance some big rats the size of opossum would dash across the entrance. Bernadette Burns
We also had Lyons Bakery on Cemetery Road, also Zaldivar, Eddie Usher bakery. Joe Whiteman Rivero bakery, Gliss Saldivar, Dakers Bakery and of Course Sonny and Tan.
George Dakers! My uncle managed when Dakers was out; free bread & bun. Back in the 80s was a "disco" in the bakery in the back. Trevor George McKesey
Here's another view of Queen Street and the Swing Bridge.
Look at the clothes on the ladies, all borrowed from the British culture. Do you know just across the street was the great labour hero Antonio Sebaranes barber shop!? I remember that little wooden shop always active with elderly men inside. I can see Mr. Antonio as living colors, Those round frame glasses on, and his sign was PANAMA HOT, Barber Shop. Bernadette Burns