ST. MARYS — Making doughnuts can be a 24-hour job.
Derek Vogel, owner of Vogel’s Bake Shop with locations in St. Marys and Celina, knows firsthand how that goes.
Vogel’s stores are open seven days a week. To have the tasty confections ready for the regular morning rush, all baking is finished around 1 a.m.
“We like to have a buffer there between when we are finished baking and making deliveries,” Vogel said.
Vogel said workers spend the hour before the store opening at 5 a.m. delivering doughnuts to different distributing points in Mercer and Auglaize counties. A regular crowd is waiting for the doors to open, ready to get that cup of coffee and maybe enjoy a doughnut or two.
“They like to sit there with their coffee and talk things over,” Vogel said. “They like to solve the world’s problems.”
The store used to serve different hot breakfast dishes but now serves only doughnuts and other baked goods. Vogel said with the switch, the bakeries can now focus solely on serving customers throughout the day.
It makes for odd hours, but Vogel knows his customers are thankful, with the regulars coming back every day.