Meet The Bakerista
How we started...
In 2005, Chancey was working as housekeeper and nanny when she began baking banana bread from a basic recipe. Chancey soon discovered by using premium ingredients, incorporating her family's time-tested baking techniques and her own special spices, she could make a better, moister, tastier banana bread that was all her own. She gave her product to the neighbor's children, and one little boy in particular, Adam F. loved the banana bread so much that to this day he refuses to eat anyone else's or store-bought banana bread.
Chancey soon saw the potential in her banana bread and began selling it by word of mouth. The orders came in by the dozens. While maintaining high quality as her first priority, the product grew to include many varieties such as banana nut, fully loaded, and cranberry banana bread.
One morning in 2008 at about 5:00 am, the Lord dropped in her spirit to name the business "Banana Manna." Her bakery and increased sales were not far behind.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." -- Proverbs 3:5-6
The love that Chancey puts into her bread comes from the love she finds in God. John 3:16 It is His love for her that has opened up doors of opportunity and for that, she gives Him all the glory for the goodness others enjoy in her baked goods.
Today you can find Chancey and her husband, Dennis, running the business at their new bakery in Greenville, South Carolina. During season, Chancey has become a staple at the Downtown Saturday Market. As a Certified South Carolina Product, she has sold 1,000's of loaves to date and her baked goods now include Gluten-free, Sugar-Free, and Paelo breads. Banana Manna has been featured by many local media outlets on television and in print.