Two craft doughnut shops set to move into downtown Columbia

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:50 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Donuts from Harold's Donuts on display.

COLUMBIA — A tiger-themed doughnut is in Columbia's foreseeable future.

Strange Donuts, a St. Louis-based shop run by Corey Smale and Jason Bockman, is coming to an unidentified location this fall. The shop joins Harold's Donuts as the second new downtown craft bakery.

"We really like the small business aspect of Columbia," Bockman said. "The students and the locals alike seem to support small, eclectic businesses."

He said the tiger-themed pastry would definitely be joining the glazed assembly. The shop also features the classics — shortbread, glazed, long johns— as well as a few more adventurous choices: chicken and waffles, the campfire doughnut, and Bockman's personal favorite — the cinnadon curry and saffron cinnamon doughnut.

At its St. Louis locations, there is also the Fat Elvis, made with peanut butter, banana pudding and chocolate sauce.

The owners plan to extend their already late closing to an even later hour, catering to the student population. 

"The students are definitely our target market," Bockman said. "We plan on shooting for 2-3 o'clock in the morning."

Although Strange Donuts is keeping its student clientele in mind, he said the sweets are popular among all ages.

"Right now, I'm standing in our store in Maplewood, and I see a little kid standing outside and a 90-year-old man just left," he said. "We're for the people — young, old and everybody in between."

Harold's Donuts began delivering June 16 and plans to open a storefront this fall at 114 S. Ninth Street, the old Rome restaurant, according to reporting by Vox Magazine.

Like Strange Donuts, Harold's will partner with local restaurants on collaborative projects, alongside glazed and sprinkled classics and more unusual varieties, including maple bacon and key lime doughnuts.


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