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The Hurts Story

A Story Behind Every Donut

Who is Hurts Donut?! How did it get started?! Well, the running joke is that Tim said it would be cheaper to open a donut shop than support my donut addiction!

November 17th 2013, THE DAY BEFORE WE OPENED, we made our very first donut! The VERY FIRST donut either of us had ever made and it was just twelve hours before we opened our doors to the public… (that’s not a typo!)

We learned how to make donuts on YOUTUBE, bought all of our equipment on Craigslist and didn’t even know if any of it would turn on. (Irresponsible? Maybe… Crazy passionate, motivated and fearless attitude!! DEFINITELY!!)

We had less than $7 left in our bank account when we opened the doors to the public, and now there are 16 stores in the US! (The best part is, we are just getting started!!)

In 2016 and 2017 we won an award that makes me exceptionally emotional…

Hurts Donut received the Economic Impact of the year award for 1-5 years in business. WE SHARED THE STAGE WITH BASS PRO AND PRIME TRUCKING!!! (Are you serious?!) Prime did 1.8 BILLION dollars in revenue last year. And our little donut shop, less than 4 years old, was honored on the SAME STAGE as the most incredible businesses in Springfield. Their stories inspirational beyond measure. How could we possibly be in such good company?! Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think we would be where we are today.

I’m so astronomically in love and thankful for my husband who is intelligent, business minded, hard working and selfless. Tim attributes our growth to his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, it was the start of our model for giving back to those in need. We truly, truly, believe that you get what you GIVE. So we promised ourselves whenever we get, we give!! I remember feeling misplaced years before this, my heart was built for giving and I could never give enough. This business has given us so much purpose and your support gives us the means to give back to the community in an unimaginable way. We have been able to share our blessings and help so many people in need.

Franchising was absolutely terrifying to me. I’m so passionate about my business and I couldn’t imagine anyone loving Hurts Donut the way I do!! Our franchises have brought amazing people close in my life!! It is the best thing, being able to call someone every day that can truly relate and understand my immense JOYS. They have by far exceeded our expectations and I am BEYOND proud of the hard work and success our franchisees have brought to our name!! I know every one of us will continue to pray and dream and work ourselves NUMB!!

I owe the most colossal thank you to our outstanding employees, whose personalities are as colorful as the donuts in our case! Our over-willing managers and trainers who are so extremely talented and hard working! There’s definitely a sense of family. Shout out to two very special employees, Misty and Ian who have been employed with us from day one and are still going strong today!! We started with SIX employees the day Hurts OG opened in Springfield!! Our Tulsa store sold 24,000 donuts opening day and had 112 employees the day they opened if that gives you an idea of how far we have come!!!

I’m beyond grateful and appreciative of our extraordinary business partner/plumber/mechanic/accountant/story teller, Scott! We finally talked him into joining us around store number two! We knew he was an incredible asset to our success! He has really helped us grow to where we are today!! Love you Scott!!

Can’t go without thanking our incredible vendors who believed in our dreams and helped us make them come true. Our food supplier who has been great beyond measure! Steve who helped us place our initial order, you have become a part of our family and get all the hugs whether you like them or not! And good ol’ Larry for retiring after 30 years with our food supplier to come be our corporate trainer and trouble maker!! Thank you Bob and Katie McCroskey for giving us a chance on our very first building lease! Thank you Express press for making us that very first tshirt deal and being so good to us every shirt along the way!

If you’re reading this, and you’ve been with us along the way, there are really no words that could possibly show you how much your ongoing support means to us while we continue to grow our business, share our blessings and try to change a few people’s lives along the way. SO, if I’m creepy and sneak attack hug you sometime, just know it’s because you mean so much to me, sincerely!!

THANK YOU FOR THE BEST FOUR YEARS!! You’re so good to us.

-Kas Clegg