Amherst doughnut shop plans to relocate ahead of Carriage Shops’ possible sale
AMHERST — As the likelihood grows that the Amherst Carriage Shops will be demolished to make way for a new development, one shop owner is planning a move.
Keren and Nick Rhodes, who have run the Glazed Doughnut Shop from 233 North Pleasant St. since 2012, will relocate to 19 North Pleasant St., site of J. Gumbos Cajun and creole restaurant.
“We’re seeing the writing on the wall,” Keren Rhodes said. “We don’t know exactly when the building will get sold and torn down, but we might not have a place to go when it does.”
The move will mean expanding from 500 square feet to 1,200 square feet, becoming handicapped accessible and offering restrooms for customers. The new site will have 25 to 30 seats, a large case in which to display doughnuts and a variety of gluten-free product and an old fashioned soda fountain.
“Bigger and better is the goal,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes said the plan is to move out from the Carriage Shops in late May and reopen in the new space before the Taste of Amherst takes place in mid June.
Previously, the Rhodeses had invested $30,000 to $40,000 in the current space and estimate it will cost $15,000 to transition the new space into a restaurant where doughnuts are made on site.
“It still needs some work, but we don’t have to replumb the whole thing,” Rhode said.
Rhodes said because just 18 months have passed since they made the investment in the shop, they are launching a fundraising campaign that hopes to attract 1,000 people making $10 donations apiece, with stickers and T-shirts and doughnuts as prizes. To learn more visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/glazed-doughnut-shop-moving-to-a-new-home.
Even though they are moving, Rhodes said whatever replaces the Carriage Shops will likely be a positive development for the town.
Before the move, they will likely request permits from the town to stay open until 2 a.m. and be able to capture the post-bar crowds that flock to Antonio’s.
“We think after people have pizza they might want something sweet,” Rhodes said.