Kurt and Brenda Van Ember
Kurt and Brenda Van Ember

Kurt and Brenda Van Ember have been in business together since 1986. Together they managed a Petro Canada Gas Station and Restaurant in Lindsay, Ontario, then managed a Motel & Restaurant in Fenelon Falls, Ontario. They moved back to B.C. in 1990 where Kurt started his own Bobcat Company and Brenda managed a McDonald`s in Vancouver, then started a Real Estate Career with Century 21.

During all these occupations, Kurt and Brenda always had a favourite restaurant that they visited regularly. They became very aware of what a customer likes. What makes a customer`s visit enjoyable and what brings them back. In every career that they had chosen, this awareness had brought them success and fulfillment in their lives.

February 1, 2003 was the day Chester’s House of Cinnamon began!  They wanted a catchy name with a mascot people would fall in love with (especially kids). They wanted a warm inviting place that people could meet for coffee or a light lunch with a friendly atmosphere and the aroma of fresh baked cinnamon rolls made from scratch just coming out of the oven…. Mmmm Mmmm

Kurt and Brenda wanted a place that gave you a feeling of happiness, contentment and belonging. A place you want to take your best friend, your mom or your business companion. Maybe even treat your kids, hoping to see that scruffy, playful, mischievous cat they call “Chester!”

Chester the cat
The one, the only, Chester the cat!

They had a cat at home named Chester, who was an orange tabby full of personality!  Kurt drew a caricature of him and that is the cat on the logo! Imagine naming their bakery after a cat — a very special cat indeed! His first life ended on September 19, 2011 at the age of 17 years old… but we can all look forward to his next eight lives!

In 2009, Kurt and Brenda changed the logo slightly for legal purposes. The last “e” in Chester’s became an “o”, shaped as a cinnamon roll. They are registered across Canada and ready to build their Canadian Franchise Empire!

Look for more Franchise locations opening soon!