Ever since I was little my dad, Jim has always had his own business. He formerly owned Yates Fire Protection. As a little girl, I grew up going with him to different jobs and meeting all of his customers. He is someone that likes to work and stay busy. I knew that when he decided to sell his business and retire that it would not last long. Shortly after he retired he began to look into new projects.
For many years has said that someone should open up a cafe with fresh donuts made daily. In 2011, he began his research into making donuts. Slowly over time, I noticed that new baking equipment would show up in our garage. He finally decided that he wanted to open up a donut shop and cafe.
Monday - Friday: 5:30am-1pm
Saturday & Sunday: 5:30am-2pm
Closed: Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving
Closed at Noon:
Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day
Following this, I noticed more and more things showing up in our garage. Many times I would come home from college and ask my mom if he had even found a building yet and the answer was always no. Dad continued his research and buying equipment. My parents went on many road trips visiting donut and coffee shops all over neighboring states. My dad spent two years researching donut makers, coffee roasters and other ingredient suppliers until he found the best ones.
He had everything ready and planned out, the only thing he was missing was a building with a good location. Finally, in the fall of 2013, he found a building but the only problem was it needed a lot of work, it was a project in itself. Despite this, my dad was able to look at the building and see all the potential it had and he moved forward. The building was gutted, stripped to the bones, cleaned, sanitized and then the rebuilding process began. This business had become a family project for us. We spent many days together, talking through everything, interviewing, picking out paint colors and decorations.
We have now been open for over 5 years. I have graduated from college, got married and we have welcomed our first baby. A lot has changed over the years, but our love for Emily’s has not.
-Emily Yates McCarthy