Spīķera story began around year 1880 when, for the time period,
an impressive building was built as a storage warehouse for Liepaja port. The
end of 19th century Liepaja sales canal and Spīķeris both formed an essential
economical function. During the Soviet era port area was closed for public. The
building kept functioning as s grain warehouse, largely retaining historical
appearance. In the nineties post-soviet era the building was left abandoned.
In the Year 1997 Ervils
Laugalis bought Spīķeris, to create a base for repairing his fishing vessels.
During a period of time owner restored Spīķeris building, while preserving the
historical performance as much as possible.
Beginning of year 2000 local
government of Liepaja started to renew and develop the promenade, thereby
Spīķeris was better accessible to society, but it was mainly used for fishing business needs.
In the last decade both
sons of owner started to engage in family business more actively. The new
generation started to plan Spīķeris development in completely new direction,
with focus on hospitality and recreational function, which is also in line with
city council development strategy for the promenade.
First big steps were
taken in 2020 when with the help of European Maritime and Fisheries fund, Rural
Support service and local action group ''Liepaja District partnership''. A
total of three projects were submitted - fish processing workshop, micro beer
brewery and fish bar/restaurant. Eventually all three of them were accepted and
now are located on the ground floor of Spīķeris building.
Spīkeris second floor holds
spacious event/banquet hall with capacity for up to 100 guests, suited for
all kinds of events.
In close future there is a plan to create kids play and training room, which
will focus on raising the visibility on local fishes to youngest generation through
games and also including non-formal education methods.
On the third and fourth floor You will find a fitness hall/gym operating
24/7, with all the equipment needed to stay fit and healthy.
A lot more ideas and plans are in place for Spīķeris building in the nearest
future. Stay tuned for new information.