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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Local shop slam dunk for donuts


February 28, 2019 | View PDF

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Manager Yinhkann Yen said that they love the community of Shafter and are proud to serve them.

No need for large chain donut shops when you have such a special local shop that takes the time and care to do donuts right.

Shafter Donuts has been serving residents for over 20 years, and it keeps getting better as it changes with the city. The shop still has all of the popular standards, such as glazed, cake and jelly-filled donuts donuts, maple bars and twists.

And it keeps adding to its selection as the wants of customers continue to change.

Owner Kim Ten has operated the shop for over 20 years, and Manager Yinhkann Yen said that they still have the same personal service that they did back when Ten opened the business. Yen said that they begin preparing donuts and deli items at around 11 p.m. to be ready for their opening at 4 a.m.

Yes, that is right. Shafter Donuts has you covered if you might want something other than a delicious donut. They offer a variety of croissants filled with everything from egg and cheese, turkey and cheese, sausage, and ham and cheese. According to Yen, "Our most popular donut right now is still the glazed and the maple, and the ham and cheese croissant is very popular." They also make their own bagels, which come in a variety of flavors.

Yen said that they also are open for lunch and offer a menu including tuna, ham and cheese, roast beef and turkey, all of them served on their fluffy and buttery croissants.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Shafter Donuts offers more than just pastries.

Yen also mentioned that they listen to the customers and try to keep up with the trends and wants of the next generation. They now serve a great variety of smoothies and coffee drinks, as well as coffee, milk and juice. There is mocha, capaccino, Thai tea, and one of the most trending drinks now, the boba drinks. They offer a variety of the drinks dotted with pearls of tapioca.

The attraction of the shop has been a mutual one, Yen saying, "We love the city of Shafter and the people are so special. We love this community and they make it such a pleasure to be here."

The city in turn flocks to the shop, enjoying the food and fellowship every morning. "I come here a lot. It's not just for the great donuts and food and coffee, but also for the feeling of community," said David Allison, who regularly makes the drive from the Rosedale area.


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