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Just in time for National Donut Day on June 4th, the Donut Club rolls into Denver’s Central Park and opens its fourth store at 7302 East 29th Avenue.
Marquez and Ondrea Fernandez love donuts, but they also like healthy eating. One day when Marquez was working out at the gym in 2015, he dreamed of biting into a warm donut. His daydream came true when the couple decided to create high-protein donuts that would satisfy the sweet tooth of a health-conscious clientele and use their healthcare and social work backgrounds to start a business. The Dough Bar is designed to make and ship donuts that are really good for you – oven baked, low fat, and high in protein.
They presented their 2018 business model on ABC’s Shark Tank and one of the sharks. Barbara Corcoran invested $ 300,000 in the company in return for a 20 percent stake.
“We have a one-of-a-kind product and we’ve never seen anything like it at Shark Tank, so we decided to do it,” recalls Marquez. “Shark Tank was a once in a lifetime experience so we made sure we were having fun and being grateful for the opportunity.”
The dough bar soon made more than donuts; The range includes baobab, protein bar biscuits and cinnamon rolls. And she was soon selling it not only online, but also in a brick and mortar store, the Donut Club. After moving to Colorado from California, the couple opened a donut club in Fort Collins in 2019 – and filed for bankruptcy protection later that year. After restructuring the business, they reopened the business in Fort Collins and added a RiNo location which opened at 3040 Blake Street on National Donut Day in 2020. A Lakewood store opened in January. The Denver Central Park location is between Starbucks and Bruegger’s Bagels.
All donut clubs offer gourmet donuts known for their size, taste, and crazy look (and the donut hole on the side). The flavors are changed every month. So far, the fan favorite has been the Cookie Monster, which is blue, dazzled with Oreos and fried with a butter icing enriched with Oreo. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
The Fernandezes plan to open two more locations in Metro Denver and then expand into other states. They have used a support network of local health and fitness communities across the country to work out their plans. “Now our customers can enjoy a donut every day and satisfy their sweet tooth while maintaining their health goals,” says Marquez.
The Donut Club’s fourth store opens at 7302 East 29th Avenue in June. The opening times are Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also purchase goodies from the Dough Bar online store for delivery and collection.
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