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Donut Shop prepares for Fat Tuesday paczki sales


Fat Tuesday is just around the corner and that means paczki's will be filling bakery shelves.

A Mishawaka donut shop was starting to make thousands of the pastries on Sunday in preparation.

Owner of Stone's Old Fashion Donuts, Chuck Stone said Fat Tuesday is, "by far our busiest day of the year."

He's been in the donut business for 31 years.  This time of year he'll put in 18-20 hour days making packzi's.  "A lot of people think you start two hours before you open and it just doesn't work that way," said Chuck.

Chuck and his wife are the only employees at the donut shop so she'll be clocking several hours with him leading up to and on Fat Tuesday.  "We kind of consider this the Christmas of donuts," said Felicia Stone.  They expect to sell two thousand of the polish pastries.  "We do about 12 days of business in one," said Felicia.

So they prepare months in advance.  Ordering 10 times the amount of ingredients they would for any other day.        But they're happy to put in the extra prep time that lets them have monumental sales on Fat Tuesday because it's quite a different story during lent.  "A lot of people give up sweets for lent.  Have to make all of our sales on Tuesday cause it's slim pickins then for the next six to seven weeks," said Felicia.

Paczki's make up so much of their Fat Tuesday business that there won't be much else on the shelves that day Felicia said, "we will not have any yeast donuts on Tuesday because these will be the replacement for those."

You can still order paczki's from Stone's Old Fashion Donuts until 6 p.m. Monday.  If you don't place an advance order Felicia said get to the shop early Tuesday.  Last year they sold out of paczki's by 10 a.m.



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