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Hurts Donut to host grand opening for new location with 24-hour drive-thru

Pop art murals, bold pink floors and wooden swings, suspended from the ceiling, welcome guests to the new Hurts Donuts, located in a shopping center just east of National Avenue.

The new store, located at 1231 E. Sunshine St., is hosting its grand opening Tuesday, Dec. 13. The store will be open 24 hours, every day of the week, or as Hurts like to say, “Open 25/8.”

Along with the array of traditional Hurts donuts, the Sunshine location will offer muffins, cookies, savory kolaches, espresso services, soft-serve ice cream and hand-dipped ice cream from the Ice Cream Factory. For the grand opening, soft-serve ice cream flavors available will be vanilla, chocolate, purple Ube and charcoal (vanilla flavoring with a bold, black color).

Brent Jones, Hurts marketing specialist, said the Sunshine location is the first in Missouri with a drive-thru, which the team is excited about. In the near future, the company hopes to offer a mobile app for customers to place pick-up orders.

Earlier this year, the downtown Hurts location closed its doors after nine years of operation in preparation for the relocation. On Dec. 7, the Sunshine location hosted a soft opening. The remainder of the week, the store opened throughout the day, offering free samples to those who participated in questionnaires on the “Hurts Donut – Springfield MO” Facebook.”

As new team members are training and donuts are being baked and decorated, Jones said he anticipates the new store to continue hosting soft openings through Tuesday. For specific hours, check the “Hurts Donut – Springfield MO” Facebook page at facebook.com/HurtsDonutCompany.


Article Courtesy of the News-Leader

June 3rd, National Donut Day

“Gefüllte Krapfen, Olykoeks, Donuts”
No one really knows who invented the donut, or even when. Their earliest relative is probably the 15th century dessert gefüllte krapfen, a German fried-dough pastry made without sugar. Others attribute the donut’s ancestry to Dutch settlers immigrating to New York, whose olykoeks were similar to early donuts, but square instead of circular. For hundreds of years, what we know as the humble donut languished in obscurity, served as a bread twist, a cake, or simple balls of fried dough. Its iconic hole reportedly didn’t come about until the 19th century, when the American Hanson Gregory got fed up with biting into the raw middle of donut twists and cakes. Gregory claimed he invented the round, ring-shaped donut when he punched out the undercooked center while on a steamship in 1847.

Whether donuts were originally a German goody, a Dutch delicacy, or an American adaptation of an existing treat, it wasn’t really until the 20th century and the First World War that donuts became an American staple. After the United States joined the war in Europe, the Salvation Army began establishing “huts” near Army training centers to provide recruits with baked treats, writing supplies and stamps, and provide basic home care for the men. The idea proved so popular that the Salvation army ended up sending 250 volunteers to France to set up similar huts over there. However, baking in an active warzone proved more difficult than the volunteers had anticipated. Adapting to the situation, two volunteers had the idea to serve donuts instead of baked goods. The donuts were a smashing success, jumpstarting the popularity of the donut among American servicemen and earning the women serving in the Salvation Army the illustrious title of “Donut Girls,” or the slightly more alliterative title of “Donut Dollies.”

The Salvation Army of Chicago would resurrect the image of the Donut Girls in 1938, when they began a fundraiser to help those affected by the Great Depression. Their fundraiser formed the foundation of our modern National Donut Day, though instead of celebrating the donut, the original holiday celebrated the brave Donut Girls and Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War One. That tradition was reinforced through World War Two, as Salvation Army and Red Cross volunteers once again distributed donuts among American soldiers overseas.

While the modern National Donut Day may have deviated away from memorializing those brave Lassies of the Salvation Army, we at Hurts Donut like to remember where our traditions came from. Nowadays, National Donut Day is held on the first Friday of June, a day to celebrate the donut and the wonderful people who make them. But Hurts Donuts remembers, and today we thank those courageous volunteers who brought a taste of home to men far from it.