Couple open gourmet doughnut shop

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 03:00 AM

If you’re looking for a different kind of taste treat when it comes to doughnuts, the husband and wife team of Todd Harris and Monyca Yin have just the place.
The Greensboro couple recently opened the Donut Box in the Shoppes at Deep River in north High Point in the space previously occupied by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream next to the Palladium movie theater.
The store includes plenty of traditional doughnut shop fare, from standard glazed to cinnamon rolls and fritters.
But it’s the exotic doughnut types where it seeks to distinguish itself from Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts and other chain stores, with unique combinations of icing and toppings: caramel sea salt, peach and brown sugar, Rice Krispy, Oreo, s’mores, banana pudding, jelly-filled and M&M’s, to name a few.
These are the brainchild of Yin, who said the designs give her a chance to indulge her creative side.
“I just try to think of different things that I like for dessert. I enjoy creating my own stuff,” she said. “Everybody has different taste buds. It’s just an option — something different.”
Donut Box is the couple’s first business venture.
They were inspired by friends who operate doughnut shops in other parts of the country, Yin said. She has a medical background, and still works part-time as a nurse for Cone Health.
Harris works at the business full-time, arriving at 3 a.m. most days to begin baking that day’s offerings. Yin follows later in the morning and applies the icing and toppings. The couple does all the work themselves.
“Everything is done by hand,” Yin said. “We’re really particular about quality.” 
Business so far has been solid during morning commute times, she said. The movie theater also provides a boost of customers, especially in the evenings and on weekends, when Yin rolls out one of her most ambitious flavors: maple bacon.
“It’s maple icing with bacon on top,” she said. “It’s very popular.”