HAPPINESS IS HOMEMADE
Welcome to the Parlor!
Sitting just seconds away from the scenic Virginia Beach shoreline, May’s Parlor is a locally-owned, coastal-cottage bakery-cafe known for fresh pastries, exciting flavors, and classic, crave-worthy cafe fare. With a variety of pastries hot out of the oven each morning, and with an unforgettable selection of savory lunch and evening items, May’s Parlor has quickly become a must for Virginia Beach vacationers and a local staple within the oceanfront community.
Meet the Team!
Racheal chased her dream of owning a bakery all the way from New York City's acclaimed Culinary Institute of America, right back to her hometown. Toting her degree, years of top-tier industry experience, and an arsenal of perfected pastry techniques and hard-earned expertise, Racheal opened May's Parlor in 2016 to share her appreciation for traditional French Pastry with the local community. She keeps our ovens on, our pastries hot, and the pilots lit. Meet the Parlor's fearless leader (and we mean fearless).
Whether it's refurbishing furniture, assisting shoppers at Sephora, or serving up May's signature lattes, Nolan brings color, flavor, and genuine creativity everywhere she goes. As our lead Barista, she brings 7 years of Starbucks speed, service, and coveted coffee know-how to our front-of-house team. As our primary people person and the local go-to for May's Parlor pastry recommendations, Nolan rocks her role, runs the house, is always ready to share the latest eats on the May's Parlor menu.
Brandon found his passion in baking while in the TCC Culinary Program. He found his passion for high-quality, handmade breads soon after. Brandon's bread-making claim to fame began at Artisan’s Bakery & Café, baking artisanal breads, like sourdough, fougasse, german style breads and more. He then got in touch with his sweeter side at Whole Foods Bakery and Plaza Bakery, making cookies, danishes and various breakfast pastries. Most days, Brandon is the Parlor's lead viennoisserie baker, but in his free time, he hangs out with his wife and his cats.
If you combine a genuine love for baking with relentless creative passion, a few sleepless nights, and maybe one-too-many snicker-doodles, then you've got Amanda. She brings a unique background of experience in sculpture and creative design to May's Parlor, and has quickly learned how to utilize those skills in a culinary environment. Whether she's designing May's marketing materials, or creating new flavors in the kitchen, Amanda doesn't shy away from a challenge, and definitely doesn't quit. What can we say? The kid's got heart.