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Glam Doll Donuts: Keeping it Local, and Always Giving Back

Article by Claudia Kittock, photos by Rick Kittock

Teresa Fox and Arwyn Birch have been best friends since they were 10 years old. They have shared a history that only best friends can share. Each of them knew that they always wanted to work together, but outside of being waitresses together, that never happened. Then, on a trip to the West Coast, they were inspired by all the donut shops they saw and decided to learn how to make donuts.

Glam Doll Donuts opened at 2605 Nicollet Avenue five years ago, and last year they opened a second shop at 519 Central Avenue NE. If you've been inside a Glam Doll shop, you will never forget it. The array of donuts and the creativity used to imagine these delicious sweets is unbelievable. From bacon roses and heart shaped donuts for Valentine’s Day to the football themed donuts created for the Super Bowl, these shops have everything you could think of and so much more.

Arwyn Birch and Teresa Fox

The decor at these shops is both wonderful and hilarious. They were created to make every seating spot an experience, and it succeeds. The 1950s retro items create a feeling of stepping back in time to an old-fashioned donut shop, but this one has very modern donuts. There is even a photo booth!

Teresa and Arwyn talk about creating their own dream world where everyone is on the same page, and that is obvious when you're in Glam Doll. They have 60 employees and are interested in hiring people with a passion for the community and a desire to be part of their world.

Ingredients used in Glam Doll Donuts are locally sourced whenever possible, and they use local businesses for their work. Being part of a community in every sense of the word is critical to this business.

I first learned about Glam Doll Donuts at YouthLink. Every Monday and Friday morning, there is a delivery of 4 huge boxes of donuts at the drop-in. When I asked "Why?," Teresa and Arwyn answered, “Because it is the right thing to do. How can people not respond when they know that there are young people without a home?”

Five years ago, these two best friends with a donut dream opened up their first shop in hopes they could sweeten up the city! To celebrate making it this far they are going big with two parties, Glam Doll style. On Friday, February 23rd, they will party down at the Eat Street shop on Nicollet Avenue with their Glam Doll 5 Year Anniversary Party pt 1! event. There will be divine cocktails for purchase from Eat Street Social, music by DJ Espada, and of course FREE HOT DONUTS circulating throughout the evening. Half of all proceeds of the evening will benefit the amazing folks at YouthLink. How can you resist eating hot donuts and drinking delicious cocktails all the while supporting homeless youth in our community?!

The second party, Glam Doll 5 Year Anniversary Party pt 2! - the Bold & Beautiful Bash, is March 2nd at the Central Avenue NE location. There will an amazing lineup you will not want to miss. DJ Sarah White will be in the house, plus Burlesque by the stunning Queenie Von Curves and Deeva Rose! Not enough? Insight Brewing will be sampling FREE BEER! Of course, there will be more donuts than you can handle, and to top it off they will be debuting the new DREAM YOUR OWN DONUT BAR!!! Who does a donut bar??? Glam Doll, that’s who.

These are two amazing women who are living their dream while sharing their skills and hearts with each and every one of us. If you haven’t checked out either location, run, don’t walk. You will not be sorry.

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About Claudia Kittock

Claudia is a resident of the Mill District. In addition to writing for Mill City Times, she is a founding Board Member of Friends of the Mill District. Claudia is the author of Health Through Chaos, mentors young adults at YouthLink, and has served on the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).


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