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Glam Doll Donuts to fill vacant space on Eat Street

A vacant space alongside the Black Forest Inn will soon be home to the retro-style Glam Doll Donuts shop.

Arwyn Birch, who co-owns the place with Teresa Fox, says, “It’ll be like stepping through a local time warp,” into the 1940s and 50s, adding, “It’ll have a unique atmosphere.”

An old chemical photo booth, vintage art pieces, and works from a local artist will lend atmosphere to the place. Helping to create that feel will be hand-painted stencil tile and tables, which Birch describes as “glamorous and glitzy.”

Many of the shop’s furnishings have been repurposed, like a stainless steel piece of equipment that’s now a baker’s table, topped by a butcher’s block. Leftover tables and chairs have gotten a makeover as well.

Birch and Fox adapted the concept from “kitschy, focused donut shops” that are open late nights out west. “[These] would often be more than an average bakery-donut experience,” she says.

Birch, who has a fashion background, plans to design and make the workers’ attire herself; it will also be vintage-inspired.

Birch and Fox, both of whom have worked in the restaurant industry over the years, “have always been inspired by music and vintage,” she says, adding, “This is the culmination of our strongest passions,” including food.

The shop will offer a variety of classic donuts, but with the Glam Doll stamp on them.

“We hope to establish the place as a neighborhood landmark. The idea that 'you’ve got to go to Eat Street.' We hope to contribute to that distinctive feel,” she says. “There’s a great variety of culture happening here.”

The owners plan to open the shop by Feb. 15.

Source: Arwyn Birch, co-owner, Glam Doll Donuts
Writer: Anna Pratt
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