Through Heart Attack And Ill Health, One Local Donut Shop Needs Our Support Now More Than Ever

Freeport, Illinois – As most of you know, there’s a new donut place in town. Dunkin Donuts recently opened their doors located in the former Sonic building in the Logan’s Bar & Grill parking lot. In addition, as most of you are aware, we have a local donut business (Donuts Delite) that’s been in town for decades and owned by a local person who gives back to our community.

While there is excitement about a new business coming to town, there is equally as much support, if not more, for our local small business, Donuts Delite. Over the past month we’ve brought you the news of both.

We’ve told you about the new donut shop coming to town, as well as point out the existing local business across the street, Donuts Delite and stressed the importance of supporting our local businesses.

We’ve all seen it. Over the decades numerous national chains have hit Freeport and often, to our small business’ demise.  While not the only factor, we’ve all seen our local stores close up shop. We don’t know one person who likes that news.

In order to clear up some confusion however, there’s been some discussion over the future of Donuts Delite. One, from the perspective of a new donut place opening their doors and another, because some have seen, heard or know that our local Donuts Delite is considering selling their business. Some have also noticed that Donuts Delite hasn’t been open during their normal business hours on occasion and these factors have caused some public confusion. What you may not know however, is the reason why.

One, we encourage all of you to support our small businesses. We simply cannot stress enough the importance to the Freeport economy, jobs and the strength of our community when small businesses not only exist here, but thrive here. Small business represents the majority of jobs and favorable economic conditions for cities all across America. Without them, our economy would be nothing; our city would be nothing.

To clear up some confusion however, we recently received this statement from Tammy, the owner of Donuts Delite. Now, if you don’t know Tammy, Tammy is a wonderful person. She has built a great little business with Donuts Delite and has thousands of satisfied customers. She also gives back to our community through numerous ways that go to help our locals. Tammy however, is not in the best of health, which has been the reason some of you may have seen Donuts Delite closed on days they would normally be open.

Tammy recently suffered from a heart attack. She was in the hospital and subsequently has had to close Donuts Delite for 4-5 days at a time. She was also forced to close at noon for twelve weeks. In a statement released by Donuts Delite, Tammy says she’s “tired, weak and she’s depressed“.  She has stated that yes, Donuts Delite is for sale but added that it might take 2 months or 2 years to find the “right” person, but that they are STILL OPEN. By the tone of her statement, she is very much appreciative of her customers and saddened by her current health. Tammy stated;

Great customers, great friends, great family, great donuts. I love this place“.

While many of you may not be business owners, we can tell you from our own experience that owning a business is much like having children. Your business is your baby. You’ve nurtured it, suffered for it, worked countless hours to ensure its success and you’ve watched it grow from a little nothing into something the community loves.

When you can’t run your business, when your threatened by competition, health, there is nothing harder to face than the thought of your business, all you’ve worked so hard for, one day no longer being here. In a way, it’s like losing a child. It’s painful, depressing and there is nothing harder to face as the owner of something you’ve given your all to for the benefit of the public.

So, we ask all of you, please show your support for Tammy and for Donuts Delite. Whether she is able to continue its operations or if she does find the right person, we as a community need to show our support for Donuts Delite. Donuts Delite needs to retain its value in our community. If Tammy can no longer run Donuts Delite, the business itself needs to have value for the next owner. Its customers need to remain strong.

The alternative if we don’t support Dontus Delite, is one more local business closing its doors.  It’s one more business owner losing everything they’ve worked so hard for and yet one more business that has no value to the next potential owner.  As a business owner, that might perhaps be the hardest of all to face and deal with. The thought of all you’ve worked for run into the ground by competition or by a lack of community support can be very depressing.

If Tammy can no longer run her business, Donuts Delite needs to retain value in our community, so we are asking all of you to continue to support Donuts Delite for its future in our community and to send a very strong powerful message in that, we support local.  More importantly, that we support our local people because at the end of the day, that’s really what it’s all about anyway.

Our people.


Donuts Delite is located at:
1892 S. West Avenue



9 thoughts on “Through Heart Attack And Ill Health, One Local Donut Shop Needs Our Support Now More Than Ever

  • June 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I don’t care about any sob stories. Business is business. I’m going to go to the place that has what I want, in this case Dunkin’ Donuts.

    • June 24, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      I have to agree with Mike. Not to mention, Dunkin Donuts just offered a great opportunity for employment in a city where employment is near impossible to find. I have a hard time supporting a business that does little to no advertisement, nothing for the community, and now all of a sudden is begging for business. Sorry, not sorry.

      • June 25, 2016 at 8:43 am

        Thing is the owner does do things for the community and it has been advertised. We’ve covered some of the things they’ve done. We agree it’s good to have more jobs, but what’s the point of creating a new job while at the same time losing jobs? There’s no job creation if a new business employs people while another company goes out of business. That’s not job creation. The best scenario would be our community supporting both so everyone can “keep” their job.

    • June 25, 2016 at 5:39 am

      Wow, what a heartless statement! Maybe if Tammy got the $140,000 requested from the city like the new owner of Dunkin’ (who already owns 2 other franchises), she could afford to pay some help during her recuperation? Not to mention the good old USA’s free ride on income taxes for the first how many years of operation? Best of luck, Tammy!

    • June 25, 2016 at 8:36 am

      We agree to some extent, except “Business is Business” means, “hey, China can produce this cheaper” and there goes your job. Business isn’t always business, at least, it certainly shouldn’t be. People have to fit into the equation too. If they don’t, than you, nor your opinion is important either because “business is business”. Once business trumps people, lookout. Oh wait, we’re already there.

  • June 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    As a relative and small business owner a few states away, I was touched by the Freeport paper’s coverage of Donut Delight and Tammy. Its tough as a sole proprietor to retain customers when new flashy competition comes to town. The comment above reminds me of Wal-Mart replacing the local grocery, then when the mom and pop closes Wal-Mart leaves town and the residents are left trying to figure out how far they need to go for a loaf of bread.

    • June 25, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Good point. We’re not sure if the paper also did a story on Donuts Delight and Tammy, but just to be clear, we are not affiliated with any other news source. We are a completely independent and separate news media for Stephenson County. 🙂

  • June 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I think the shop Tammy has was well established by Butch and Marlene before she took it.. where was the support for Butch after his health problems forced the sale of Butch and Mars donut delite? Give credit where it’s due please!

    • June 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Very valid point. If we were reporting news at that time, we certainly would have.

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