Donut maker "filling" a "hole" in its business

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Holey Toledough Donuts works out of a rented church kitchen - but the dream is a brick and mortar storefront.

Chris Ritter works 60 to 70 hours a week. But a GoFundMe page could change all of that.

"The product is completely different, where it's sourced, how it's prepared," Ritter says of what makes his donuts different from a chain store's donuts. Ritter owns Holey Toledough.

You can buy donuts all over. But Holey Toledough's are topped with funfetti, stuffed with local jams - and then driven all over town. The driving takes time from baking.

"It's pretty much all of my time," Ritter said. "You just give up sleep on the weekends."

"We've run out of the donuts the first hour of business before," Bri Gibson said. Bri is the general manager of the Flying Joe said.

Flying Joe in Perrysburg is one of 7 local shops that stock flavors like Persian and Maple Bacon. If Holey Toledough can get it's own place with 20 grand on GoFundMe, well...

"That would definitely broaden our flavors," Ritter said.

New flavors and fillings. Regulations on what they can make in a small kitchen are tight. Still, there's still plenty of demand.

"People travel from Findlay to get these donuts," Gibson said. "We've had people drive up to two hours for the donuts."

"We do hear that a lot, that we have the best donuts that anyone's ever had," Ritter said.

Small businesses are sprouting up in town thanks to crowd-funding.

"Right now we're at the very beginning of hand-crafted goods becoming a more common commodity," Gibson said.

Chris Ritter says people want to know their food is local.

"They just want it down to the simple, raw ingredients," Ritter said. "Who made it, where's it made?

Holey Toledough is an all-night operation, so that you can get those fresh donuts early Thursday morning. And tomorrow's new flavor – a blue raspberry filled donut, with a granola topping.