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Posted at 9:31 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 23:56:44-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Long-time Lexington bakery, Donut Days Bakery, has been in business nearly 50 years. As the name indicates, they make donuts, but Donut Days is also a full line bakery. It was tough having to close to in person traffic in mid-March.

“It’s like a hammer dropping," Donut Days Owner Fred Wohlstein said. “You first are in shock, and then you assess the situation, and then you react.”

And the reaction was: keep doing what we do, for whom we can.

“We’re still making our made-from-scratch butter flake yeast rolls," Wohlstein said. "We’re still making iced sugar cookies, the petit fours, the bunny bonbons, the Easter egg cakes, that we’ve always made."

“We’ve utilized our drive-thru window, which we’ve always had, but a lot of people are just finding out we’ve had," Wohlstein added.

Donut Days has increased social media posting. The bakery did a lot of donuts and sweets for churches on Sundays, events, and other large gatherings. The popular Southland Drive spot is also a place for regulars.

“We’ve got people that have been coming here over 40 years. They’re used to hanging out here. Some come once a day; some come twice a day. Some sit at the counter like old school," said Wohlstein.

Running the donut shop is about more than just baked goods. It's about doing good.

"We do keep tabs on a lot of (customers.) We’ve got some in their 80s and 90s," said Wohlstein. "I had one call me and wanted me to arrange someone come install a water heater, which I did. So, it’s an extended family.”

A kind of reach all local business owners hope to achieve.