Springboro, Ohio is a growing community with great schools, local businesses and, oh yes, delicious food! The Food Adventures Crew have been indulging in these local eateries for quite some time and felt its time to start highlighting the delicious treats and the owners in this community. And to kick off this adventure, we gleefully hit up a staple of this city, “The Donut Haus“! Ok, go grab a glass of milk and get ready to indulge!
One of our favorite things that we like to do as food bloggers is not to just highlight the food, but to highlight the people behind the food! And it is hopeful that this article does just that! Here comes a Food Adventure.. with a hole in it.
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Mike Hemmert, with the integral help of his partner, Barb Soupal, has owned and operated the Donut Haus, (located at 305 W Central Ave, Springboro, Ohio 45066), for 30 years!
— Mike Hemmert started his career in the food industry, as a long time employee of McDonalds, climbing up the ladder in hopes of opening his own franchise. However, that goal would take much longer than he wanted and dreamt of a business that he could own and operate in his own manner. He learned that Donut Haus was up for sale and recognizing that he had experience working in a bakery in the past, he saw this opportunity as the green light to his goal. And it’s been an amazing journey ever since!
— Hemmert, a Caroll High School graduate, bought the shop from the original owners that were from Germany (hence the spelling of “Haus”) and he took this business that was already doing well in the area, to a whole new level.
— Their dedicated staff makes 100’s of dozens of donuts a day and also sells to 6 different counties for wholesale expanding over 130 miles!
— Giving back to the Community: Think that’s all a person needs to consider their business successful? Well, for as much time and attention Hemmert gives to developing the taste and quality of his products, he gives that back and then some to his dedication to the Springboro community! Hemmert has a close relationship with the local schools supplying donuts for activities, such as the Hometown Expo hosted at Springboro High School. At that expo, the Donut Haus sells traditional cake donuts for $0.25 each and you can decorate your own! This money goes to the local food pantry. This past year, 0ver 400 kids made donuts, raising $400!
In addition, one of Donut Haus’ favorite ways to give back to the youth of the community, is during Career Day at the Junior High. Hemmert loves to meet with the students and provide mock interviews to help them prepare for further employment.
— Hard Working Local Teens: And don’t be surprised to find a number of his employees being local teens. Many flock to this shop not just for a job, but also to learn solid lessons in what it means to be a good employee with strong customer service skills and of course, learning the art of donut making!
— Bear Creek Donut Connection: In fact, Mike Hemmert was instrumental in helping a former employee of 8 years, Ryan Tripp, in opening up his own donut shop in Miamisburg, Bear Creek Donuts! Another delicious bakery for which would require a separate article and another glass of milk!
— More Donations: In addition to enriching the youth of Springboro, Hemmert gives back to those in need. Leftover donuts (when there are some) are never wasted. Instead they are bagged up and donated to the local food pantry. The Donut Haus also steps up during times of crisis. Most recently during the last destructive rain storms where thousands of residents in the Springboro area were without power, the Donut Haus offered up free donuts to those households and encouraged the families to come hang out inside Donut Haus to cool off and power up their cell phones. Just another way this business gives back to its patrons that support them well!
— Family and Kid Friendly: Want something fun to do as a family? Once a month, Donut Haus will post on the Active Springboro Facebook Group when they are hosting their free event of making your own donut! You can also catch when the community Bingo game is happening, also hosted at the Donut Haus. Need a new idea for your kid’s birthday party? Your child and friends can be “Donut Makers for a Day”! The kids get to make, fill and frost their own donuts! Now that would make for a sweet party!
We can go on and on about the awesome people behind this great business! So trust that when you give your patronage to the Donut Haus, not only are you going to receive an awesome product, but also you’re supporting a business that genuinely loves what they do, gives back to their community, and are pretty much living the American Dream!
Ok, now onto the FOOD!
— APPLE TURNOVER: One of Hungry Jax’s favorites! Ask to have this flakey pillow filled with apple awesomeness warmed up! With a cup of their new line of gourmet coffees, you can’t go wrong!
—PANTHER CAKE DONUT: This is a traditional cake donut iced with vanilla frosting and topped with Springboro school colors! A classic treat with hometown pride!
— PERSIAN ROLL (topped with or without nuts): It’s like a cinnamon bun topped with the tastes of Autumn. Mmmm with maple frosting. Just get it and trust us!
— MAPLE BACON LONGJOHN: One of the rockstars of their new “specialty line” of donuts! You can never go wrong with bacon. Ever.
— APPLE FRITTER: Yet another classic done right! Just the right amount of crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside! This could be Big Ragu’s favorite….
— STRAWBERRY DONUT: This was a special order, limited time only donut! An experiment to embrace the area’s Strawberry season during the beginning of June! HOWEVER, Hemmert recently released a post on their Facebook page that they have plans to bring these delicious gems back at least once more time this summer! So keep a look out!!
Quite honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the choices at Donut Haus. Good people, good eats, great donuts. So swing on down and try one of our favorite shops ran by some of our favorite fellow foodies!
Check out the gallery below for some of the best Donut Haus photos behind the scenes and more….