Dan and DeAnna Sparkes of Lakewood Ranch have been waiting months for Five-O Donut Co. to open at University Town Center.
They were more than happy to line up at the grand opening on March 12.
“We’ve always asked for one at Lakewood Ranch,” said Dan Sparkes, adding that their love for the donut shop began five years ago. “It’s almost at Lakewood Ranch. It would be nice if it was on Main Street, but that’s okay.”
Customers sat in lawn chairs outside Five-O Donut Co. from 6 a.m., anticipating its 8 a.m. opening.
“You know you’ve got it right when they have lawn chairs,” said Christine Nordstrom, owner of Five-O Donut Co.
Margaret and Philip DuPerry of Sarasota love the variety of donuts Five-O Donut Co. has to offer.
“They are works of art,” said Margaret DuPerry.
Five-O Donut Co. offers between 24 and 30 different types of donuts each week with three to five special donuts changing each weekend. From frozen jelly and powder to s’mores and croissant donuts, Nordstrom said, there’s a donut for everyone.
Margaret DuPerry’s favorite donut is the Maple Bacon Donut while Philip DuPerry’s favorite is the Croissant Donut.
During the holidays, Five-O Donut Co. offers holiday-matching donuts. For example, there is a Lucky Charms donut for St. Patrick’s Day.
Five-O Donut Co. wasn’t the only company celebrating a grand opening on March 12 at UTC.
The Paper Store, a specialty gift business, welcomed a group of about 40 customers who waited outside its doors at 9 a.m. on March 12.
“It’s so exciting,” said Vanessa Frederick, the store’s district manager. “We’re thrilled to have all the customers here. They like what they see. We have something for everyone here.”
When Parrish’s Sandy Lawrence returns to Massachusetts to visit family, going to the Paper Store has always been on his to-do list. Now based at UTC, she is delighted to be able to go to the store whenever she wants.
“I love the variety of products and the customer service,” Lawrence said. “Everyone is so willing to help. They have a great variety. There’s something for everyone. I never leave empty-handed.”
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