Help Glazed Doughnut Shop Move- Our Building is Being Torn Down

Glazed Doughnut Shop in Amherst needs to move to a new home.
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Keren Rhodes
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Small Business
Amherst, Massachusetts
United States
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Glazed Doughnut Shop needs to move to a new home.

It looks like they are going to tear our building down.  After only 18 months in business, we must find a new home.

Keren and Nick Rhodes are Amherst regional high school sweethearts and graduates.  We moved back home with our two young children to follow our dream of opening a gourmet doughnut shop.   The first 18 months have flown by in a whirlwind of growth and activity.  

We recently found out that it is very likely that our building will be torn down to make room for a new development.

So... we went looking for a new location that can be a bigger and better permanent home for us and our customers for years to come.  We even found a great space, the building owners have been amazing in working with us to make this move possible.

The new store will be right up the street in the center of town near Antonio's.

But moving costs money, and we put everything we had into remodeling our current location.  We expected to be there for many, many years.  Coming up with the funds to make this move happen, so soon after opening is a major challenge, and that's where we need your help.

Two common questions

1) Why can't you just go to a bank and get a loan?

2) How can this just happen to you, shouldn't you be getting some money out of this deal?

As will any complex situation, the answers to these questions are complex.  But we will try to do our best to explain it.

1) Generally to get a loan as a small business, we would need to be able to show several years of tax returns with sufficient income to assure the bank we would be able to pay back the loan.  Since we have only been open 18 months, we cannot do this. 

2) Although in theory they would eventually have to offer us money to leave, we  don't know when that would happen or how much they would offer us.

No matter how much is offered us, we need to have a space to move to when it comes time to move.

Open spaces in downtown Amherst are very rare, as downtown is so small. And building out a new space would likely be more expensive than the amount of money we would be offered.

There happens to be a space opening up now that is perfect for us, and is already mostly built out as a commercial kitchen so it would require significantly less money to make it work for us.

So we feel that moving now, while a space is available, and removing the cloud of uncertainty about the future is the only option that will allow us to grow our business for the long run.

What We Need & What You Get

We will need all kinds of things in order to make this move possible.  The list is just beginning and includes:

- New signs

- New paint and decor

- New furniture and equipment to fit the new space

- New permits and inspections (which come with fees)

- Lots of work to make the new space fit our needs so we can produce our delicious doughnuts for you.


Our perks include:

We have both individual and group perks. 

 Want to get together with all the students in your house, your sports team can come together to support us, any group can donate and we have perks targeted specifically to groups of people who come together to help us out.

Cool swag like our Glazed Doughnut sticker and our exclusive Glazed Doughnut Shop "Doughnut Snob" t-shirt.


Free doughnuts, invites to our grand re-opening party, chances to invent your own doughnut and have it featured on our menu, and best of all, the chance to come behind the counter and make doughnuts from start to finish with us and get to experience all the fun.

Bigger, better and more permanent

The new space will be way bigger, with lots of room to sit, and bathrooms for the convenience and comfort of our customers.   It is also handicap accessible which means more of our customers can actually get in the door.  

We will also have more room to expand our production to more delicious baked goods, and especially to more variety in our gluten free/vegan line of goods. And we would like to add an old fashioned soda fountain with homemade syrups and other specialty drinks.

In addition the new space will be in a building that is not in danger of being torn down in the near future.  In the new space we will have the ability to build a long lasting local business.

We are hoping to have very little downtime, but some time closed is inevitable.  We would like to be able to continue to pay our valued employees even while we are closed and moving, and some of the funds raised will go toward that.

Please share and help save a local business

Even if you can't contribute to our campaign, you can help spread the word and support us that way.  Share our story with your friends, family and co-workers, and help to save a local family business.



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This campaign ended on April 11, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Loyal Customer

    1 free doughnut voucher Your name on our "wall of supporters"

    24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD
    Doughnut Lover

    1 free doughnut voucher 1 Glazed Doughnut Sticker Your name on our "wall of supporters"

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    Doughnut Snob

    1 free doughnut voucher 1 Glazed Doughnut sticker your name on our "wall of supporters" 1 Glazed Doughnut "doughnut snob" t-shirt

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    Doughnut Connoisseur

    1 Glazed Doughnut Sticker 1 Glazed Doughnut T-shirt 1 Dozen free doughnuts Your name on our "wall of supporters" And exclusive invitation to our grand re-opening party sometime in late June or early July depending on how long the new store setup takes. We will be previewing some exciting new flavors that you will be the first to try.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    Group - Doughnut Fans

    Get 5 invites to our exclusive VIP re-opening party. 5 Glazed Stickers 5 vouchers for 1/2 dozen doughnuts each. And each of you will get your name on our wall of supporters.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Double Breakfast Delivered

    You get two vouchers each for the breakfast delivered perk. You can redeem them at two different points in time, or all at once if you're hosting more people. Must call at least 24 hours in advance to redeem.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $150USD
    Triple Breakfast Delivered

    3 times the fun. 3 vouchers for the breakfast delivered perk. Redeem all at once or separately. Must call at least 24 hours in advance to redeem.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $250USD
    Coffee Champ/ Soda buff

    The bottomless coffee mug!! All the perks of a Doughnut Connoisseur plus your own special Glazed Doughnut mug that gets you a free mug of coffee every day for the rest of the year. Limit 1 coffee (or tea or handcrafted soda) per person per day. Mugs will be delivered on or around June 1st, 2014. Did you forget your mug today? No worries. We will keep a list at the register so all you have to do is identify yourself and you will still get your coffee.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $250USD
    Group - Doughnut Party

    Get everything in the Group - Doughnut Fans Category and... 5 Glazed T-Shirts An exclusive Soda Tasting Party for you and your friends (up to 10 people). Schedule a time that is convenient for you and come in to taste some of our handcrafted sodas and of course a full tasting of an assortment of doughnuts in the case that day.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500USD
    Doughnut Guru

    1 Glazed Doughnut Sticker 1 Glazed Doughnut t-shirt Your name on our "wall of supporters" An invite to our grand re-opening party 1 dozen doughnuts each month for 6 months. And...A chance to design and name your own doughnut creation to be featured for at least one week on our menu (if its popular it could become a permanent part of our menu). Plus you get 1 dozen of your own creation to take home and share with friends and family.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $500USD
    Private Doughnut Party

    You and up to 30 of your friends can have an exclusive party in our store. We will provide the doughnuts, coffee and hand crafted sodas, you bring the people. We will close our doors to the public for 3 hours Monday-Thursday on a pre-arranged date of your choice. This is an awesome package for a birthday, anniversary party, bridal or baby shower. The person of honor receives a package of Glazed swag (t-shirt, sticker, mug).

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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