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Loudoun residents develop a palate for gourmet donuts

Hand-crafted donuts from B Doughnuts in Leesburg. Facebook/B Doughnut Loudoun
Aside from Dunkin’ Donuts and prepackaged boxes of Krispy Kreme at the grocery store, Loudoun residents haven't had many donut options in recent years, with the exception of nearby Duck Donuts in Herndon.

Until now, that is.

With the recent opening of B. Doughnuts in Leesburg, soon to be followed by Fractured Prune’s return to Loudoun in the Village at Leesburg this spring, the gourmet donut craze is quickly growing.

And the demand is there.

At 9:30 on a recent Saturday morning, people waited in line for up to 40 minutes for a dozen donuts at B. Doughnuts, located on Loudoun Street in downtown Leesburg.

Marc Johnson of Sterling said this was his third trip to B. Doughnuts since they opened in early December.

“They are awesome. It is worth the wait, even in 20 degree weather,” Johnson said.

Customers willing to pay up to $3.75 per donut described the donuts as “amazing.”

“One day I came here twice,” said Haley Bouffard of Leesburg. “I lived in New York City where you could find a lot of places like this, but there is nothing else like this here.”

Ron Robinson of Leesburg said this was his first trip to B. Doughnut and was really glad to see this addition to the community in downtown Leesburg. “It is great to see this part of town get some attention,” he said.

B. Doughnuts is owned by Pin and Brian Chanthapanya of Ashburn. Their business began in 2015 when they opened a shop in Baltimore, Brian's hometown.

They found the commute to Baltimore difficult, especially with three young children, and decided to look at opening a shop closer to home. A lease was signed for 7 Loudoun Street, SW in Leesburg in August, and they opened their doors in December.

Pin and Brian Chanthapanya, owners of B Doughnut in Leesburg. Facebook/B Doughnut Loudoun

Making the donuts is a long process, which is why they are only open four days a week. The recipe is their own and is “in my husband's head,” Pin said.

“The donuts are fluffy and airy, made with yeast. They are not cake donuts.”

Each one has different fillings and flavors, which are also all handmade. They make 1,300 a day and frequently sell out in a couple of hours.

Karen Jimmerson, a member of town council in nearby Purcellville, was also in line for donuts Saturday morning.

“I heard about it and have been wanting to come. I like supporting a local business and this is proof that if there is a good product and demand for it a business will do well,” she said.

Nils Schnibbe of Leesburg said he has been following B. Doughnuts since they were open in Baltimore. They used to deliver donuts to his house and he was pretty excited when they decided to move to Leesburg.

Going to the donut shop is a bonding experience he shares with his son, and he said it is a “special treat for us.”

“The donuts are fresh, and a high quality product. You can taste the freshness,” Schnibbe said.

This kind of donut shop is just what Loudoun has been missing, said Pin, whose next big idea is to sell fresh liquid nitrogen ice cream. The goal is to sell donuts in the morning and ice cream in the afternoon.

“You make the ice cream right in front of the customers, it is very smooth and delicious," she said.

The shop is open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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