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Comings & Goings: Mel-O-Cream secret in Jo&Doh Donuts

The team behind Jo&Doh Donuts: Zack Krienitz, Bianca Espakza, DJ Doran, Rachel Mayszak, Mel Yarmat, co-owner, Thomas Stilp, co-owner, and Jessica Rokosz.  |  Daina Saleh~For The Sun
Yummy Chicki-Changa with a side of fresh fruit. “Here at Colonial Café, we’re known as the ‘Home of the Kitchen Sink,’ but we’re also known and recognized for our ‘truly elevated taste profiles’ built on always fresh, local ingredients,” says Clinton Anderson, fourth generation president.  |  Daina Saleh~For The Sun

On Jo&Doh Donuts’s first day July 17, they sold out of doughnuts within hours.

Doughnuts, bagels, coffees and the newest craze, cronuts, all can be picked up or enjoyed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the corner shop at 1292 Rickert Drive, Naperville, off West Street by Ace Hardware.

“We wanted to bring something unique to Naperville,” says owner Mel Yarmat, of Naperville.

Tom Stilp, co-owner, and Yarmat have a long-standing friendship and family history in Springfield, which led to the idea for Jo&Doh Donuts.

“I asked him what is famous in Springfield, and he said Mel-O-Cream doughnuts,” Yarmat says.

Mel-O-Cream was first established in 1932, franchising in the ’60s, but because of soaring interest rates, closed all franchises in the ’80s. In the ’90s they launched their successful pre-fried line sold throughout the Midwest.

“They make a supreme doughnut,” Yarmat says. “But there was no chance of a franchise due to past experience. But we did talk them into using their basic doughnut dough and then we finish them here ourselves.”

The mastermind behind some of the more mind-boggling doughnut specials is fun guy DJ Doran.

“The gentleman who does these comes from the West Coast,” says Yarmat of Doran, who also visualized and created the panoramic fireplace.

“In an ocean of the same, we wanted to stand out,” Doran says. “And our way of standing out is taking a base doughnut that everyone can make and then topping it with unique flavors.

“For example, the Fat Elvis was a hit today; we sold out. It’s a chocolate doughnut topped with banana, peanut butter and bacon.”

Yup, let that sink in.

Or try the hottest craze flooding in from the West Coast: Cronuts, a doughnut-croissant symbiosis.

Follow their Facebook page for updates on daily specials at www.facebook.com/JoDohDonuts.

30th anniversary

Colonial Cafe, 1101 S. Washington St., Naperville, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with two weeks of events beginning Monday through Aug. 10.

“We’ve consistently been voted the most kid-friendly restaurant across the Fox Valley,” said Amy Long, Colonial’s general manger in Naperville. “So Colonial is dedicating its 30th anniversary celebration events here to family fun.”

This family-owned, kid-friendly restaurant and ice cream café is famous for its Kitchen Sink ice cream creation.

“We are looking forward to another 30 years,” says Clinton Anderson, fourth-generation president at Colonial.

Naperville Police Department K-9 Unit dogs, story times at the Naperville library, a rock climbing wall and dress-up nights are only some of the participatory events organized by Colonial.

Some pricing specials during the fun-filled celebration will include a $3 kids meal day and a $3 three-scoop sundaes day, as well as a 30-cent pancake day. Stop in for a photo-op with a giant Kitchen Sink.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.colonialcafe.com/fundraising-events.

Ann Taylor closes

Women’s clothing and accessories store Ann Taylor recently closed its downtown Naperville location. Loyal customers can continue to shop at the downtown Wheaton location or online at www.anntaylor.com.

In an email, Ann Taylor declined to answer any questions pertaining to the closing.

“Per our corporate policy, we do not provide comment on individual store openings or closings, which are a natural and ongoing function of doing business in retail,” wrote Arlena Pordoy, senior public relations manager at Ann Taylor.

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

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