Chavannes Bottling Works in Belize City, the makers of the famous Chavannes lemonade, 1930's
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March 8, 2022

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Am quite sure we all remember this iconic soda cap.


The Chevannes Home and Bottling Works. The family lived on the second and third floors and the bottling works and offices were on the ground floor. Lucien Gustav Chavannes (born 1872), Alma Catherine Chavannes (born 1906). Notice the mule n cart in front of the building.


After all these years the building hasn't change that much, corner of Albert Street and Prince Street. Photos above and below by George Villanueva.


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Chavannes Bottling Works in Belize City, the makers of the famous Chavannes lemonade, 1930's

When we went on vacation at St George’s Caye we had to have cases of Chevannes lemonade, we loved it. Back into the 70's it was very popular especially around Christmas time. Years later they made 7Up. "Chevannes lemonade is so very nice, you drink it once and you want it twice," a commercial for Chevannes from the 60's. The crates were about 3 or 4 inches wide...wooden.

Chevannes lemonade is so very nice, you drink it once & you want it twice... The real taste of Chevannes lemonade is no more. Why don’t the Chavannes or Bradley’s families bring back these original nice lemonades? A unique remembrance; Christmas cake & lemonade.

Candice Chavannes Dawson: Good times! My Bz home. I grew up on the islands but went to live there when i was attending SCA. our rooms were on the very top floor it was more like an attic but made up nice . My sister and i shared a room up There. My father and uncle lived on the brick side of the home which is on the left. Whenever there would be weather threats everyone would go to the brick side since it was stronger. Our Albert Street home also survived the horrible Albert Street fire as well.

Charles Hunter: I remember going there as a kid when my great uncle Buller (spelling) and uncle Buster Chavannes ran the place.

Corp Belcan: Yes! My mother had her Ice Cream shop across the street in front of Ms Lydia’s shop.

George Villanueva: In Belize we at home call them all the flavours lemonade, whenever I would go to Cambranes shop to purchase a lemonade the guy would ask what flavor. Seems like all carbonated drinks were called 'lemonade' in Belize back in the day...

Dave K Reimer: I think that’s all that was available in Belize (British Honduras) back then . There was no coka cola yet.

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