WESTERN SPRINGS – Just about three weeks after opening a pick-up window at Bb's Baby Donuts, owner Debbie Feiler said she's never seen such a response.
"Honestly, I never knew people were donut connoisseurs and I have these connoisseurs coming to my store," Feiler said.
Bb's Baby Donuts, located at 4472 Lawn Ave., began as a Saturday donut stand last year. Feiler – who also owns Beautiful Beginnings, a baby boutique next door – said the idea for a baby donut shop came to her one morning about a year and a half ago.
"A thought came into my head that this was something my husband and I could do when he retires..." Feiler said. "We could have an income and work together."
The donuts, which are made fresh daily, all day long, come plain, allowing customers to choose their own toppings.
"What I've done is taken it a step above," Feiler said. "I make designer baby donuts and you can design what you want. You can come here and say I'd like a half dozen cinnamon roll and a half dozen chocolate covered strawberry."
Cinnamon Roll is the shop's best selling flavor currently, although Feiler's favorite creation is a Caramel Nut, she said.
She described the baby donuts as "so cute and so delicious."
Although Bb's Baby Donuts is mainly functioning out of its pick-up window, Feiler said she's aiming to have the dine-in section ready and opened within the next couple of months.
"I want people to be able to sit here, look in the [Beautiful Beginnings] store and say 'oh, maybe I should go shopping,'" she said. "I'm hoping, too, that people will be in there shopping and say 'hey, let's go get some donuts.'"
The two shops are connected by large french doors, accented with windows allowing shoppers on either side a sneak peak at the adjoining business.
Having both a busy pick-up window and a busy boutique is the dream, according to Feiler. She said she's been getting a lot of enjoyment out of the business.
"I hope this becomes a place that people love to come to and visit [with each other]," Feiler said.
To design your own batch of Bb's Baby Donuts, visit the shop at 4472 Lawn Ave. For more information, contact the store at 708-246-1212, or visit www.bbbabydonuts.com.
Bb's Baby Donuts is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.