Doughnuts worthy of 2nd shop

This week Jo&Doh Donuts Where: 1523 N. Aurora Drive, suite 107, Naperville Call: 331-229-3108 Web: www.joanddoh.com Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop In Local Where: Naperville and Fox Valley area Call: 847-809-3391 Email: steve@dropinlocal.com Web: www.dropinlocal.com C2 Education Where: 2860 Showplace Drive, Naperville Call: 972-322-4450 Email: naperville.south@c2educate.com Web: www.c2eduate.com Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Jo&Doh Donuts, a gourmet doughnut shop that opened last year, already is opening a second location.

Owners are expanding on their Mel-O-Cream doughnuts, specialty coffees, and introducing longer hours and frozen yogurt to their new location at 1523 N. Aurora Drive.

“Nothing is more fun than doughnuts!” says Mel Yarmat, co-owner and founder of Jo&Doh Donuts with partner and long-time friend Tom Stilp.

The old-fashioned gourmet doughnut and coffee shop is taking over what was Caribou Coffee, with ample parking.

While the original location at 1292 Rickert Drive only operates till noon on weekdays, the new location will be open till 6 p.m. initially and extend to 9 p.m. once the patio opens for the season.

Opening more locations was always the plan, Yarmat says.

“But now I just want this place to be great, I want it to be perfect.”

The design concept focuses on Route 66 with retro license plates and vibrant-colored antique furniture sprucing up the cozy feeling of natural woods and a central fireplace.

Once the weather allows, Yarmat plans to add tables with colorful umbrellas and “typical coffee house music,” all controlled from his smartphone. Live events are in the works, too.

“We just want to do special things for people on request,” says Yarmat, always focusing on a family-run feel and accommodating special requests for special occasions — such as an Angry Bird doughnut upon a parent’s wish.

“People love coming, love bringing their kids,” Yarmat says.

Mel-O-Cream, a Springfield based company with a long history of gourmet doughnuts, is still their base doughnut.

“No day-old doughnuts are sold!” Yarmat says. “You’re only as good as your worst product.”

His approach is to focus on class favorites, but to mix it up with special creations, such as the Fat Elvis.

Website to help small businesses

Drop In Local officially launched their deals and discovery platform, dropinlocal.com, serving small businesses in Naperville and the Fox Valley area, in early March.

A network of professional videographers and marketing specialists offer businesses exposure and consumers an extended inside look into the people behind the businesses.

“While this is a marketing business, we believe we’re starting a movement to empower and connect small, local businesses and the communities they serve on a much more personal level,” says Steve Gumm, founder of Drop In Local.

“We’re leveling the playing field for smaller businesses and empowering them to share their story and reach consumers without the crushing production costs of video firms or large discounts and revenue share of other daily deal sites.”

Gumm believes the biggest asset for any small, local business is their story. He believes many small businesses fail not because their product or service is inferior but because they never connect with the local market in a way that encourages and inspires support.

Drop In Local is slowly rolling out featured businesses and plans on highlighting more than 350 businesses in the area by the end of this year.

Educational opportunity

After seven years of success at their 1160 E. Ogden Ave. location, Naperville C2 Education opened a second location Jan. 15 in south Naperville at 2860 Showplace Drive.

Naperville C2 Education helps students achieve higher academic results in testing for ACT, SAT, AP preparation and provides overall subject support for kindergarten through grade 12.

Instructors become mentors to the students. They also have “scored in at least the 95th percentile on a standardized test, have a college degree, complete rigorous on-going teacher training and be deemed an expert in their subject field of teaching,” says Lisa Doll, Illinois community relations manager for C2 Education.

C2 Education was first conceptualized by David Kim and Jim Narangajavana, two Harvard roommates, after tutoring out of their dorm rooms, before being officially founded in 1997. C2 Education has more than 130 centers in the country and Canada, serving more than 12,000 students and their families each week, Doll says.

Know of a business coming to or leaving Naperville? Contact Daina Saleh at dainasunbiz@gmail.com.

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