Dukes Donuts celebrates first anniversary
BY: Catherine Miller | March 04, 2014
SOUTH BUFFALO - One year ago a new face came to the Old Neighborhood Parade. Duke’s Donuts made its début in South Buffalo as this area’s first mobile donut shop.
“My wife was born in the area and St. Patrick’s Day is a big day for us so that is why we chose it for our Grand Opening. That is also where you will find us on our first anniversary,” state owner Chad Longman.
With its mobile donut making machines and pop-up orange tent, Dukes Donuts takes the finest locally grown apple cider and mixes it with a donut recipe inspired by Grandpa Duke himself and comes up with a light apple cinnamon treat, filled with homemade goodness, and sells it on streets from Buffalo to Rochester.
South Buffalo residents Chad and Aimee Longman, owners and founders of Dukes Donuts, are more than pleased with their initial success.
“The community has been very supportive this first year,” stated Chad Longman, “Our end goal is to have a permanent storefront in the Southdown somewhere.”
Until the permanent spot appears there are many places to find Dukes Donuts as it visits local food venues and markets in the area, making a weekly visit somewhat easy.
“We are at the Buffalo Broadway Market every Saturday and will be there daily during the Lent season,” states Chapman.
The Broadway Market has added other new vendors recently and a Saturday trip will have you also sampling jellies from Deb’s Delights, and wines from local wineries, along with a host of fresh produce, meats and pierogis. Now Dukes Donuts is another reason to stop by the Market on a Saturday morning.
Once the better weather hits, visiting Dukes Donuts will be popping up at local farmers markets in West Seneca, Blasdell and East Aurora. Starting this July you will find them in Cazenovia Park on Sunday mornings for South Buffalos upcoming Farmers’ Market season.
Visit Duke’s on Facebook to see other venues they are planning to visit.
Chad and Aimee Longman admit that much of their initial success is due to the hard work of their family members who have supported them.
“Duke’s Donuts is a family affair. The recipes were inspired by my grandfather Duke. He was a donut lover and he passed away just before we opened the company so we wanted to name it after him. My wife and I run the business with the help of both of our parents. It really works out great and we are very fortunate to have them involved,” stated Longman.
Along with their signature apple cider donut, Duke’s offers a yeast-raised glazed donut, hot and cold apple cider, coffee and other assorted beverages.
As Dukes Donuts celebrates its first anniversary visit them at the Old Neighborhood Parade, congratulate them on a great first year, and enjoys the cinnamon goodness that you will smell wafting through Caz Park on upcoming Sunday morns this summer.