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Cascades Blog: Cake changes everything

While growing up in Charlotte, N.C., France Saunders loved to bake—and bundt cakes were her specialty. Today, she and her husband, Vern, own and operate Nothing Bundt Cakes, a franchise bakery located one block from Dulles Town Center in the newest shopping center on Nokes Boulevard.

“It’s definitely a happy place to work, she said, talking about the view from behind the bakery counter. “It puts you in a different place in the world. It’s calming. This puts a positive spin on life.”

France and Vern, who live in Gainesville, are former government contractors who met through their work. France is originally from Queens, N.Y. and has been living in the Washington area for nearly 20 years. Vern, originally from Virginia Beach, started his military service in the Army before earning a commission in the Air Force. The two have been married for seven years.

France Saunders said they are following their dreams.

"I wanted to start a business that my family and I can work at,” she said, mentioning that she is stepmother to Vern’s three sons, who range in age from 15 to 22.

The shop in Nokes Plaza is the only Nothing Bundt Cakes store in northern Virginia. The nearest store in the area is located in Gaithersburg.

Nothing Bundt Cakes offers nine flavors of cake: carrot, chocolate chocolate chip, cinnamon swirl, classic vanilla, lemon, marble, pecan praline, red velvet and white chocolate raspberry. A gluten-free option is available, currently in a chocolate chip cookie flavor. In addition, one special flavor is offered each season. For December, peppermint chocolate chip cake is on the menu.

The Dulles shop is a one-stop party store and party-planning location, with a celebration-focused “bundt-ique” featuring greeting cards, balloons, mugs, Kate Spade merchandise and other gift items.

The inventory at each location is carefully selected by the owner to match the interests of the store’s customers, Saunders said.

The Nothing Bundt Cakes concept was launched 20 years ago in Nevada. Today, the company franchises nearly 230 stores throughout the U.S.

On Nokes Boulevard, the baking begins six days a week at 8 a.m. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free samples are always available.

“Cake changes everything,” France Saunders said. “It does. It changed our lives. For me and my husband, it’s been a very nice change.”

Nothing Bundt Cakes is located at 21305 Windmill Parc Drive, Suite 130, Dulles, VA 20166. The phone number is 703-444-4244.

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