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Donut Man attracts sweet crowd

The Donut Man, located in Glendora, has been serving fried, sugary treats to its customers for over 40 years. Established in 1972, the Donut Man is famous for their special donuts filled with fresh fruits such as strawberries and peaches when in season. Peaches are in-season in the summer, but you can get a strawberry one right now at any time since they are open 24 hours. / photo by Christopher Mora

The Donut Man, located in Glendora, has been serving fried, sugary treats to its customers for over 40 years. Established in 1972, the Donut Man is famous for their special donuts filled with fresh fruits such as strawberries and peaches when in season. Peaches are in-season in the summer, but you can get a strawberry one right now at any time since they are open 24 hours. / photo by Christopher Mora

Veronica Orozco
LV Life Editor

Donut Man has been a part of Glendora and its surrounding communities for more than 40 years.

It is most famous for its signature strawberry doughnuts and tiger tails.

The mouthwatering strawberry doughnuts have an interesting balance of sweetness and flufiness, while being made fresh.

To a first timer, this looks like no other doughnut; it is not your basic jelly-filled or bear claw.

“I’m here at midnight because of my pregnant daughter-in-law’s cravings,” Martha Guerrero, Fontana resident, said.

She was accompanied by her mother, grandson, daughter-in-law and a box full of strawberry doughnuts.

“They are my favorite. The strawberries are fresh and the doughnuts never taste greasy or fattening and I am always satisfied,” Guerrero said.

“I first heard about this place through a co-worker 10 years ago and I have been coming here at least once a month ever since then,” she said.

When arriving to Donut Man, it looks like every other small community doughnut shop and the parking lot seems to be four times bigger than the building itself.

However, once you step out of the car, the sweet fragrance of fresh glazed doughnuts is noticed, making mouths water in anticipation of what is to come.

The small building is surrounded by windowed walls, allowing the waiting line of anticipating customers to take a look into how they make these delicious delights.

Through the windows, customers can also see at least six employees in the back making everything from jelly-filled to their famous tiger tails.

The fact that it is open 24 hours a day everyday is another one of the main attraction for people in the surrounding area, especially college students.

“It is a Donut Man tradition to come in at 3 in the morning,” Antony Sol­dano, Glendora resident, said.

“I have lived in Glendora my whole life so I was raised on Donut Man, so I come at least three times a month,” he said.

The workers say that the majority of their clientele at that timeframe are college students attracted by the smell of their donuts, along with the safe community and late hours.

“I am always surprised at how many people come to get donuts at this time of night,” David Albitre, who works at Donut Man, said.

Albitre has been working the midnight shift there for over a month and says he often gets more than 30 people purchasing doughnuts on his shift.

“The most popular doughnut would have to be the strawberry one but I like the classics, so mine is the chocolate-covered doughnut,” Albitre said.

Employees say that it never surprises them to see a line wrapped around the building at 3 in the morning, especially when a new season starts.

Strawberry doughnuts may be a main attraction but it is only seasonal to ensure customers get only the best the seasons have to offer.

After the strawberry season ends, it is replaced with peach, peanut butter and pumpkin doughnuts, changing the variety.

Customers can track when seasonal doughnuts arrive by visiting their page online or by liking their page on Facebook to receive notifications.

Because Donut Man has been there for so long, it has a built-in fan base.

Having customers spread the word seems to be their best and only form of advertisement aside from the hand painted signs on a side window showcasing their strawberry doughnut.

Customer satisfaction is always a given for this small, yet successful business and it seems as if it will be a part of the community for many years to come.

Veronica Orozco can be reached at veronica.orozco@laverne.edu.

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