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Black History Month Business Spotlight: Chantel’s Bakery

Thank you to Chef Dennis Stanley for answering a few questions, and for your commitment to the Loudoun community! 

“Chef Dennis Stanley has been a premier baker since 1991. Providing delicious, high quality and affordable cakes that are made to order. Chef Dennis excels in customizing delectable and artistic wedding cakes. He takes great pride in satisfying a niche in providing cakes that suit special dietary needs including diabetic, gluten free, nut free, soy free, no egg, non-dairy, and now nickel free that can be delivered right to your door no matter where you are.

Chef Dennis has almost 25 years experience designing elegant wedding cakes, fine pastries, and desserts. We are committed to providing the best quality in cakes and pastries with a reputation of quality customer service that is unsurpassed.

​If you are looking for a cake or pastry for your special occasion…then look no further.” Chatel Bakery Website

Where were born and raised and, if it was someplace else, when and why did you come to Loudoun?

I was born in North Myrtle Beach SC, I moved here in 1987. I came here to open the McLean Hilton and fell in love with Loudoun.

How long have you been in business?

My company started as a home based business in 1991.

How did you get into this line of work?

When I was little, around 6 or 7, I saw my mother and grandmother bake, and from then on I was in love with baking. I always worked in restaurants growing up, such as a pancake house and the Myrtle Beach Hilton. I then worked in food service in the military, and after the military I went back to the Myrtle Beach Hilton. From there, I moved to VA.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is helping people with food allergies and seeing the smile on their face that they can have cake and eat it too!

What is it like owning a business in Loudoun?

I love working here. The people here will support you! I found out the more people here I support, the more they support me, and that’s why I like to give back.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

It’s a time to look back and know you are standing on the shoulders of the people that came before you. We have to do our part for the people that come after us.

What do you do when you are not working?

I love going out in the world and explore new places to see what God have given to us. I dream of doing a show on the road where we share places across the country that only the local people know about.

Thank you Dennis, for all you do and for being a part of our community! Check out the Chantel’s Bakery website here