Photo credit: Cameron Verona
In the city of Canton there are many hidden businesses, but one that stands out to the local community is a mom and pop shop called “Tasty Donuts”. Here at Tasty Donuts are sweet treats that include many flavors, as well as even creating your own. The Cherokee County News team decided that we would go and check out the hidden gem located in the frequented Bridge Mill plaza. We even spoke with the owner himself, Arturo Howard. We found out more about the local business in the interview.
The business started in Chattanooga, TN and made its way to Canton in the year of 2015. When asked why they decided to open a “Tasty Donuts” shop here in Canton, opposed to opening a shop within a chain donut company, the owner answered, “Well, we wanted to do something different. We cook our donuts here every night, fresh.” “Tasty Donuts” has been opened for two years now, as they opened in December of 2015.
Howard talked about the amount of business “Tasty Donuts” receives stating, “The community is supportive, we keep growing little by little.” The owner also said the donut shop gets good traffic from Reinhardt. Currently, there aren’t any special discounts for Reinhardt students and faculty, but “Tasty Donuts does offer a special to every customer. Any customer who purchases a dozen donuts only has to pay for ten of them, getting two donuts free. A rewards program is also offered here for any customer who wants to receive benefits. All you do is provide your phone number and name at the time of purchase, and you become a part of the “Tasty Donuts” rewards program. The more you spend, the more points you earn, which eventually equals into earning free donuts or drinks.
“Tasty Donuts” offers a very welcoming atmosphere for their customers. The owner describes the atmosphere as such, “We try to make it a homey place. A place where you can come do your homework and have a donut and some coffee. It’s not a loud or extremely busy place.” Howard goes on to say, “It’s a place where you can concentrate on what you’re doing. I can describe it as your mom and pop shop, a place where everybody is welcome.” “Tasty Donuts” also offers free Wi-Fi to their customers, and has a TV, fireplace, and some comfortable furniture for customers to relax with, while indulging in a tasty donut.
Pictured above is part of the inside of “Tasty Donuts,” which offers a cozy atmosphere.
Photo credit: Kelly Kipfer
“Tasty Donuts” is a special donut shop compared to others, because the donuts they offer are creative and can be personalized. The owner explains, “I give my employees the freedom to create the donuts. So, every day the girls come up a new idea to test and if their creation is successful, then it goes up on the shelf to be sold to customers.” “Tasty Donuts” can use this creative freedom to give back to the community. Recently, the owner made a special troll donut for a five-year-old girl, who was a fan of the Trolls movie.
Here are the donuts we tried. The names of them are listen in the following paragraph. Photo credit: Cameron Verona
We tried quite a few of their donuts by partaking in their special, buy a dozen donuts, and get two free. We tried a bite or more of the following donuts: coconut crème pie, jimmy buffet, fruity pebbles, m&m, maple bacon, devil’s food cake, apple cinnamon and the chocolate glaze with sprinkles. We asked the owner what the fan favorite donut was and he replied, “The most popular one is the maple bacon donut. We leave it all by itself on two full trays, and each tray contains around 40 donuts. We have to refill the tray a few times a day.” The owner said that his personal favorites are the coconut crème pie and the blueberry cream cheese pie.
We recommend “Tasty Donuts” for anyone who wants a place to grab breakfast with friends, wants a relaxing place to study, or for anyone who might have a sweet tooth. “Tasty Donuts” is about 20 minutes away from Reinhardt’s campus, located at the following address: 10511 Bells Ferry Rd, Canton, GA 30114. Their hours are six a.m. to seven p.m. on Mondays
through Saturdays, and on Sundays their hours are seven thirty a.m. to two thirty p.m. Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/TastyDonutsCanton.
Written by: Cameron Verona, Kelly Kipfer, and Taylor Clark.