When the hot sign is on, fresh donuts await

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Sandy Young

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Guest columnist

Saturday, May 20, 2017

As a young girl in Shreveport, La., Sandy Young always loved the delicious donuts at the Southern Maid Donuts. Years later Young and her husband, Andy, are introducing the franchise to Elizabeth City.

“Ever since I moved here I wanted to bring one of these to the area,” said Young. “We wanted to be a family-owned operation.”

Young said they officially opened a Southern Maid Donuts franchise in Elizabeth City on April 17 in the building located beside Big Daddy’s Pizza at 101 Capital Trace.

When you drive past the building and the hot sign is on, customers know a fresh treat is awaiting them as they enter the doors of the building.

“Everybody walks in and says it smells like heaven,” said Andy.

Andy and two employees arrive at the building at 4 a.m. to begin preparations for the donuts when the doors open for customers at 6 a.m.

“The yeast process takes an hour and a half,” said Young.

Young said they offer both the cake and yeast-raised donuts.

“My favorite is the original glazed,” said Young of the yeast-raised donuts. “My favorite cake donut is the strawberry.”

They also offer bear claws, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, and butterflies which are cinnamon rolls in the shape of butterflies, according to Young.

Young said they use the Southern Maid Donuts recipes to make the donuts, adding their own “twist.”

“We have added the maple bacon,” said Young.

Young said they may also add Kolaches, which are similar to pigs in a blanket, to the menu.

Young moved to Hertford from Louisiana in 2001. She is a school nurse working in the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. She previously worked as a nurse with ambulatory surgery at the hospital in

Elizabeth City.

“Ever since I was small I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical field,” said Young.

Young enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters, Madilyn and McKenzie.

“We are members of Fountain of Life Church,” said Young. “They have been a huge support.”

Young said she maintains a Facebook page for Southern Maid Donuts of Elizabeth City.

“I post small blogs each week,” said Young.

Young said she hopes customers will “enjoy themselves and have a donut.”