A retired cop opening a doughnut shop sounds a lot like a cliché. Propelled by his wife’s love for the Texas-based brand, Carlos Somellan Jr. went against the grain for a while after she suggested they open a Shipley Do-Nuts franchise location together. He “fell in love with Mr. Shipley and his staff,” and so her dream has now come true! The doughnut shop at 6571 State Road 70 E. in Bradenton marks the franchise’s Florida debut, but Somellan has been familiar with the company for years. “My wife’s grandma and uncle live out in Houston and every year when we would visit, she had to have it,” he said.
Somellan recently retired after a 30-year career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and still lives in the Tampa area. He said he met with a realtor to find the “premier spot” he has now.
The Shipley brand is known for its 60 variants of doughnuts and kolaches, according to the company website. Some of the menu items include apple fritters, glazed and frosted doughnuts and cinnamon rolls. Even still, customers sometimes come in looking for something different. “We’ve had customers say they’re looking for kolaches stuffed with fruit. Well, we have Texas kolaches,” said Somellan, who pointed out that Shipley’s kolaches are packed with meat instead.
The recipes have stood the test of time, too. The company was founded by a Texas family in 1936 and the same family still maintains ownership of the franchise. Somellan said that’s part of what sets Shipley Do-Nuts apart from its competition.
The other part is customer service. “We’ve already seen that Bradenton people are so kind,” Somellan explained. “We don’t just want to be a business, but a part of the community.”
ABOUT SHIPLEY DO-NUTS
The Yeast Do-Nut is how the traditional glazed do-nut was made. You can still get it today in its original form or you can find yeast do-nuts topped with icing or sprinkles and in a variety of flavors too. You’ll also find them with fresh toppings like coconut, nuts, or cinnamon and sugar. Filled Do-Nuts are another favorite. You’ll find sweet flavors like warm apple, Bavarian, and cherry-filled. Then they get Shipley Do-Nuts’ famous glaze. It’s a recipe for deliciousness! Cake Do-Nuts have that thick, cake-like texture that sets them apart from the Yeast Do-Nuts. Enjoy them plain, glazed, with icing, sprinkles or other toppings. Cake Do-Nuts are denser but no less delightful than their yeast counterparts. If you’re not feeling your sweet tooth, don’t (or should we say “do-nut”) despair because Shipley Do-Nuts has Kolaches to hit that savory spot too. You’ll find Big Earl Sausage & Cheese, Big Earl Jalapeno & Cheese, Sausage, Ham & Cheese, Pulled Pork and more.