The Donut Dude will open on Cincinnati Dayton Road in Liberty Twp. later this month. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG / STAFF

Donut shop, craft boutique among Butler County’s newest businesses

Those yearning for more options in fresh-made donuts and pastries may want to check out Liberty Twp.’s newest donut shop.

The Donut Dude will open at 7132 Cincinnati Dayton Road this month in the Liberty Pointe Centre shopping plaza, just south of where Ohio 129 intersects with Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

Owners Laurie and Glen Huey, longtime area residents, have renovated the space that was once Skip’s Bagel Deli.

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Along with a fresh and updated seating area and full-view donut counter from which customers may select their favorite rings of dough, there’s a window that allows you to see directly into the kitchen.

“We want our customers to see where their donuts are made and know that each donut or pastry is made fresh every day,” said Laurie Huey. “We’ll serve both yeast and cake donuts and pastries that are glazed, filled with fruits and creams or decorated with a variety of scrumptious toppings.”

Huey said the Donut Dude intends to be more than just a donut shop, as can be discovered on its website at www.the-donutdude.com. Each month the shop will have a charity donut with a portion of the proceeds being donated to a selected charity.

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“We have a growing list of charities both local and national that have touched our lives in one way or another,” said Glen Huey. “Charities such as Ruth Lyons Children’s Christmas Fund, which I remember from time spent in the hospital as a kid many years ago. Plus, we’d like our customers to suggest additional charities for our list.”

Inside the shop, there is a huge chalkboard. Every few months The Donut Dude will invite in artists who work in chalk to produce one-of-a-kind works of art.

“We’re taking chalk off the sidewalks and bringing it indoors where customers can watch the art come to life, or simply enjoy the finished work,” Laurie Huey said. “It’s also a great backdrop for social media posts.”

A grand opening complete with prizes and freebies is expected to be held in late March or early April. For more information, visit www.the-donutdude.com.

Scattering Joy Craft Boutique

Scattering Joy Craft Boutique, which opened March 7 at 524 Main Street in Hamilton, aims to offer “the perfect, unique, handmade or sentimental item” for a customer’s home or for their loved one, according to owner Jamissa Lawson.

“We do many types of custom orders for all of life moments like ornaments, signs, wreaths, memory pillows and so much more,” said Lawson, who operates the shop with business partner and daughter, Amie Sizemore, both of Hamilton. “We also do craft classes on a regular basis. Our craft class schedule is updated on our web page, scatteringjoycrafts.com, on a regular basis.”

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Scattering Joy has a Girls Night Out and Painting With The Easter Bunny sessions planned. Private parties also may be scheduled.

“We can do birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, church meetings, team building, or just a night crafting with your friends,” Lawson said. “Our package deals are also listed on our website.” Customers may stop by anytime to sign up or schedule a private party.”

The mother-daughter duo told us they have had “wonderful” support from the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Area Association, Rustic Home, Secretly Shabby and other stores.

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“Friends and family and the Hamilton community have all helped us to get the store up and running,” she said.

For more information, call 513-262-0101 or visit www.scatteringjoycrafts.com.

“Overall we really just hope that when our customers come to our shop they experience a little joy and when they leave they take that joy and scatter it in their every day lives,” Lawson said.

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