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.
Donuts Delite is located at:
1892 S. West Avenue