In a world of big corporations and faceless, nameless distributors, it’s comforting to know a few businesses that still do things face-to-face and on their own.
These little mom-and-pop shops can’t always compete with the larger stores, but they make up for price differences with their warmth, friendliness and personalized service.
One little doughnut shop in Seal Beach, California, has been in operation for around 30 years and has earned many loyal customers. But the owners of Donut City have experienced a setback.
John Chhan is the owner, and Stella — his wife — has been a staple at the store since its start. But she left her post and hasn’t been seen for some time.
Customers soon learned she’d had an aneurysm. No longer able to function in the same capacity as before, she’s been restricted to rest and rehab, and her husband has had to run the operation without her.
Of course, his day ends when the doughnuts are gone, so the sooner he sells out, the sooner he can rush to his wife’s side and spend precious quality time with her.
Regular customers felt compelled to do something to help, but Chhan refused a GoFundMe account. He doesn’t want money, he wants time.
And you can’t buy that. But you can buy doughnuts — so that’s precisely what loyal patrons of the establishment have started to do to give him what he wants most. They quickly buy all of the doughnuts in the morning so Chhan can go home to his wife.
Donuts are selling out at this popular mom and pop shop in Seal Beach and the reason is sweeter than you could imagine. The story on CBS 2 this AM @CBSLA @suzmarques @CBSLAPeter pic.twitter.com/dAOepuoxkl
— Kara Finnstrom (@KaraFinnstrom) November 2, 2018
“She can talk, she can write,” Chhan told CBSLA. “Right now she’s trying to start … eat something.”
Readers have chimed in to voice their recognition of the do-gooders and also cheer on the Chhans, who moved almost 40 years ago from Cambodia to California. Some readers have even stated that they plan on buying doughnuts from this location now, too.
“What a hard working man he could have took the gofundme and time off work but he preferred to work,” wrote one reader.
“Does anyone know the name of the Donut Shop?” another wrote. “I’m having a birthday party for my daughter on Nov 17th and the theme is Donuts. I’m looking to purchase at least 10 dozen donuts, it be nice to purchase them from this shop rather than Krispy Kreme.”
If you’re in the area, consider stopping in and buying a few. It’s rare to find a community as supportive as the one Chhan has, but it’s also rare to find someone in need with such an exemplary work ethic that they want to continue to work and earn their own money.
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.