Making a Difference, One Donut at a Time
Donut Sam’s celebrates one year of business, is awarded Best New Business by Wisconsin Main Street
“We’re making a difference one donut at a time,” Donut Sam’s co-owner Michael Husby said.
Menomonie donut shop Donut Sam’s (521 Second St. East) opened its doors one year ago, and those 365 days were anything but typical for a new business. Owners Michael and Tanya Husby opened the in-house donut brand – which features unique donuts like their s’mores donuts, chocolate chip cookie dough donuts, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch donuts – after being inspired by their 13-year-old son Sam, who has Down syndrome.
Michael Husby said they had a strong business plan prior to opening, but everything changed drastically once the pandemic hit.
“Not having any seating for the first five months was a huge change,” Husby said. “We’d thought we’d be more of a community place, but we became more of a place for takeout and somewhere you order ahead of time. We also never would’ve thought to put our merchandise in gas stations, because that was in the five-year plan, not the five-day plan.”
With the Menomonie community’s support, Donut Sam’s has been able to follow through on their goal of employing individuals with special needs. The bakery currently employs a part-time decorator with special needs and is in the process of collaborating with the Menomonie Area School District on employing interns in a variety of areas.
The business’s dedication to delicious donuts and inclusive employment led to them winning the Best New Business award this spring from Wisconsin Main Street, a statewide community development program.
For more tasty information on Donut Sam’s you can visit them online at donutsams.com.