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Shipley Do-Nuts celebrating 50 years

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The owners of Shipley Do-Nuts located on Louisville Avenue is celebrating their 50th anniversary of doing business. Nolan Crane was given a tour and he shows us why returning customers who are treated like family is just one part of their successful business model.

Shipley Do-Nuts in Monroe has been owned and operated for 50 years by the Freeman family. The customers say the secret to their success is their method of cooking these fried pastries.

"They still do the same thing that they've done for 50 years and that's make them by hand. That's why I come in here. I've tried Krispy Kreme and all of them but you can't beat these doughnuts and I think they are the best doughnuts made in Monroe," said Jerry Wolff.

The owners say making doughnuts is more than an art, it's a science.

"You can't rush them and you can't be late if you want the good perfect donut. I pride myself in making a perfect donut because people are eating this," said David Freeman.

Every day more than 200 dozen doughnuts are boxed up and served to customers. For some of the family members baking is not just a labor of love, it's a responsibility to the original owners who are Melissa's grandparents.

"We just feel like almost an obligation to the community and to her and our grandfather to get it going," said Melissa Hoover.

"I knew Ms. Freeman when she was behind this building when they first started 48 years ago and I've been coming in for 48 years," said Wolff.

The cooks who are also the owners hope to be open for 50 more years. If they are the customers say they will continue to buy these masterpieces as long as the doors remain open.

All of the doughnuts Shipley's does not sell they donate to the Salvation Army to help those in need.

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