SEFFNER — Foodies craving a fresh-made doughnut in Tampa or Plant City have likely made their way to Hole in One Donuts.
Than and Larry Pheng opened their first local doughnut shop in 2000 in Plant City after first trying their hand at tasty cake and yeast mixtures in North Carolina and Texas.
The couple, of Cambodian decent, have created a bit of a home-grown following with their homemade apple fritters, doughnuts and kolache, better known as pigs in a blanket. Now residents between Tampa and Plant City don't have to drive very far to enjoy an .89 cent glazed goody or sugar-free doughnut.
A fifth Hole in One Donuts opened earlier this month in Seffner at 1113 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in the former home of Latin Taste Cuisine. Letty Contreras, the Phengs daughter in law who works at a pair of family doughnut shops in Alabama, is helping open the Seffner location.
She says the doughnut difference is in the TLC.
"It takes time, dedication and patience," said Contreras who arrives at 2:30 a.m. to make fresh doughnuts daily.
Hole in One Donuts also serves fresh coffee and breakfast sandwiches, including croissants and bagels. The shop has two Plant City locations and one each in Tampa and Lakeland.
To place large orders ahead of time, call (813) 662-4560 or stop in starting at 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday. The shop opens at 6 a.m. on Sunday and closes at lunchtime all seven days. A dozen doughnuts starts at $7.99.
"We're good at doughnuts," Contreras said. "You can't rush."
Customer carries on couple's legacy
A longtime customer of local bird store owners Rich and Tanya Crete, who both died in May from injuries sustained in a car accident, is carrying on the tradition established at Rich's Backyard Birds in Valrico.
One of the first things Brian Sesto did when he opened Backyard Birdseed at the same location was contribute to the Richard and Tanya Crete Memorial Bench/Birding Sanctuary Fund. Now he is inviting the community to a grand opening Oct. 1 at 3642 Lithia Pinecrest Road.
"I wanted to keep all the feeders in the neighborhood full," said Sesto, who shopped at the store for five years. "I wanted to keep the birding community that he created and started in the area. I wanted to continue it for people because of how much it relaxes you and how much people enjoy it."
Sesto said he plans to keep the science center and education for children and is adding plants for hummingbirds and butterflies. Customers can expect the same distributor to deliver their seed – free in most local ZIP codes.
Visit backyardbirdseed.com to view the various types of seed and order online.
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