The Happy Donut in Myrtle Creek was named one of Oregon’s best donut shops in the 2018 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon list.
The shop, at 860 South Old Pacific Highway, will be listed on a map of all the destinations, which were chosen based on their positive reviews.
“It’s a cool thing, because we’re probably one of the smallest cities on the map, so we’re excited about that,” said Paulette Jones, co-owner of The Happy Donut.
Jones attended the award luncheon for the 100 Best Destinations on Dec. 1 in Portland.
She said her donut shop uses fresh ingredients from Oregon without preservatives and gets a lot of repeat visitors that travel along Interstate 5.
“We try to make the freshest doughnuts we can make and give the best service to people,” Jones said.
Ten years ago in January, Jones’ parents Ray and Kathy Roden opened up The Happy Donut, and Jones and her husband Brian Jones joined them as co-owners. They originally ran the shop from downtown Myrtle Creek, but moved it to the current location near the freeway five years ago, where they saw their business triple, and expanded to be open seven days per week.
The Happy Donut’s biggest sales come from maple bars and fritters, and it also offers cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy and variations of traditional donuts.
“They’re made fresh every morning so when you come in you’re not going to get something that was made yesterday or a few days ago,” Jones said.
About 40 percent of the business is wholesale, as every day between 3 and 5 a.m. Brian Jones delivers the donuts to local mini markets and gas stations around south Douglas County.
Depending on the day, the shop can get really busy, sometimes even selling out of donuts by 9 a.m. When it does have donuts left over by the end of the day, it donates them to the food bank, the local Future Farmers of America group, and churches that supply food for homeless people.
Mandi Brown, who recently moved to Canyonville from Tri City, said The Happy Donut means a lot to her and her daughter Kaelinn Brown.
“My daughter’s super sick right now. My little girl has some serious problems with her throat and there are a lot of days she doesn’t want to eat because it hurts or she’s afraid she’ll choke,” Brown said. “We lived near The Happy Donut and even on the days when she was feeling sick, I could go over there and they would make a donut and they’d put sprinkles and frosting that said her name.”
Brown said sometimes a donut was the only thing that would cheer Kaelinn up.
“They’re really special to our hearts, and they also have phenomenal apple fritters,” Brown said, adding she believes the award was well deserved.
In January, Jones plans to sell The Happy Donut to Susan and Harry Harris from Myrtle Creek. Though they plan to sign the official papers in January, the couple has presented Jones with a letter of interest. Brian and Paulette Jones plan to stay at The Happy Donut for a while to help with the transition of ownership, while the Rodens plan to retire.
“What I’m most excited about is that Susan is from here, so she knows what we’ve done, and she knows we donate a lot and put a lot back into our community,” Jones said.
Jones said she’s also looking forward to putting her phone down and spending time with her family.
For more information, call The Happy Donut at 541-863-6500.