A popular early morning Aggiville destination, Varsity Donuts received the Purple Apple Award for “Best Specialty Desert.” The donut shop feels it connects with its customers well and feels special ties to K-State.
“We love being neighbors to KSU,” owner Leah Hyman said. “We see students, teachers, even President (Kirk) Schultz come into the donut shop.”
Students visit Varsity Donuts for the special breakfast pastries not offered by the traditional donut shop. A fun atmosphere and affordable pastries and coffee bode well with K-State students looking to enjoy a breakfast or time with friends. The most popular donut the store offers is the Maple Bacon Bar, which features maple frosting and bits of bacon sprinkled on the top.
The store also owns the Varsity Truck, located behind Varsity Donuts, which offers late night cravings such as the popular grilled cheese mac n’ cheese sandwich. The Truck, which is open weekend nights, allows for night crawlers to gather at a location that is located in the heart of Aggieville for fried food at easy access.
Varsity Donuts has been in existence in its current location since September 2011. Before relocating to its current location, the building was a drugstore that was originally built in 1929. Part of the reason Hyman wanted the donut shop here was to preserve the location.
“We want to be a hub for the community,” Hyman said. “We like to think of the store as a community clubhouse, we want people to feel like they can gather here.”
The shop strives to make people happy and the owners and workers say their purpose is to make everyone’s day a little better.
Students are encouraged by the staff to meet at the shop to work on projects or come to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere and delicious donuts. The store even features an extensive board game collection that encourages customers to relax and enjoy their time in the store with friends. Varsity emphasizes that donuts are fun and by providing a fun atmosphere is something they contribute to their success. The convenient Aggieville location allows for easy access by K-State students and faculty.
“In the future you can expect more donuts, more events in the community and hopefully a lot more fun,” Hyman said.
Varsity Donuts is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store is located at 704 N. Manhattan Ave.
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