DEARBORN — Ford Motor Company is not the only internationally-renowned Dearborn-based business. Shatila Bakery’s sweets have become a prominent feature of the city and its growing Arab American community. The bakery’s products are shipped and consumed across North America and its store is a “must” destination for Dearborn’s visitors.
|Riad Shatila with his daughters Nada, Tanya and Batoul.|
Nada Shatila said her father prepared her and her sisters Tania and Batoul to operate the business, as her mother was present alongside him since the establishment of the bakery. “We learned from his example,” she said. “But standing directly in his shoes is a different experience. We adapted quickly and different family members helped us— my mom, my sisters, some aunts and uncles.”
|Riad Shatila with his wife Zeinat.|
The Shatilas held a family commemoration for the first anniversary of Riad Shatila’s passing last week at the Islamic Memorial Gardens in Westland, where he was laid to rest.