Perrysburg shop offers doughnuts, bagels, soups, chiliWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Rumpf of Toledo often drives to Perrysburg just to visit The Doughnut Box.
The shop, which opened last year, is a quick stop for doughnuts, bagels, soups and chili.
Guests can smell the pastries while walking in the door. Behind the counter is a wonderland of treats to choose from, including different sweets coated in chocolate and vanilla frosting, glaze, sprinkles and even Froot Loops.
“It’s a fun, good experience,” said owner Ahmed Orra. He said he’s proud of the shop’s “pretty diverse menu,” which also includes coffees and cappuccinos.
Orra said he has 20 years of experience — he grew up with a family-owned doughnut shop. He said this gave him the confidence to tackle a shop of his own. His brother, Mohamed, took charge of the family doughnut shop when their father retired. His shop is called Don’s Donut Shoppe and is located on Woodville Road in Northwood.
“All of the food is homemade and it’s always consistently tasty,” Rumpf said. “The coffee is just as good as Starbucks and it’s not $5 a cup.”
The Doughnut Shop is located on 1121 Louisiana Ave. in Perrysburg. Orra said he opened it because there were no other doughnut shops in Perrysburg. He said he also likes how Perrysburg supports locally owned businesses.
The shop has a handwritten specials board decorated with dry-erase markers. It also includes plenty of tables and chairs and artwork on the walls with coffee-related themes. Huge windows at the front of the restaurant allow guests to watch cars drive past on Louisiana Avenue. The shop also has a drive-thru for customers in a hurry.
“We make the doughnuts fresh every day,” Orra said, which he thinks sets The Doughnut Box apart.
Orra said his favorite part of owning The Doughnut Box is meeting customers. Rumpf said he always feels welcome when he visits.
“Ahmed makes you feel like you’re in your brother’s living room every time you’re there,” Rumpf said.
Customer Tima Perrin agreed.
“I love The Doughnut Box simply because the doughnuts are delicious … [but] a big part of why the place is so great [is] the people who work there make you feel welcome.”
The Doughnut Box featured a 6-pound apple fritter intended for tailgating during football season. The store is also offering paczki in celebration of Fat Tuesday on March 8. The Doughnut Box is open weekdays 5 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.