Those who have gone to the store know the Donut Stop is not your typical pastry place. It feels like a home and that is mostly because of the owner, who welcomed regulars and newcomers alike to celebrate her retirement after 30 years Sunday.
Marlene Rodgers and her husband opened the with her husband back in 1988.
"He had cancer. When got ill, he thought, if I kept the donut shop for a year I'd be all right. Well I thought I'd go two years and two years finally stretched into five years that I ran it by myself," she said. "It's been a rewarding 30 years. I'm going to miss a lot of my customers, a lot of friends that I made."
After working long hours, she said she is sad but looking forward to retirement. She says the first two things she is going to do is get a manicure, and do a little dancing.
The shop will close on Oct. 31 but a new donut shop will be taking over at some point in 2019.