In 1965, Stan Berman, a third generation baker, opened his first bakery, The Corner Shoppe in the heart of Westwood Village, the home of UCLA and adjacent to Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel Air.
The shop thrived as customers appreciated the delicious new varieties Stan would experiment with. With high quality ingredients and a delicious final product, Stan's Donuts became more than just popular. Generation after generation of UCLA students would munch on the delicious treats for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or to satify their late-night munchies after a movie. These alumni keep coming back to Westwood-to visit their alma mater and to remember how delicious Stan's Donuts are.
Although he experimented with several stores in other locations, Stan eventually decided to stick with his original shop on the corner of Broxton and Weyburn. The name evolved into Stan's Donuts and as many new shops came in and went out of the Village, Stan's remained.
Now, as one of the oldest stores in Los Angeles, Stan relies on the time-honored strategy that has kept his donut shop successful for so long: high quality, fresh ingredients (in a multitude of scrumptious varieties), an amiable attitude toward his customers, and of course the pride and love that go in to baking his donuts every day.
Continuing the Legacy
Along the way Stan met Chicago entrepreneur, Rich Labriola who followed a passion for all things bread to create one of the most renowned bakeries in the Chicagoland area from the ground-up. After seeing Stan featured on a travel show, Rich reached out to Stan and the two became friends over their shared passion.
The friendship turned into a partnership as Stan passed the torch to Rich to continue the legacy and opened the first Stan’s Donuts & Coffee in Chicago in 2014 with his own recipes inspired by Stan Berman’s classics. Since then, Stan’s has grown to several shops in Chicago where it has become a hometown favorite.