The long tradition of standing in long lines at the CNE to get a chance to try the infamous Tiny Tom Donuts can be foregone with a visit to their first storefront, which is located in their hometown of Markham. Since its inception in 1959 the famous donuts have found themselves being a marquee vendor at the CNE, but for many the once a year treat was not enough and on November 9, 2009 they opened up their first retail outlet in Markham at the corner of Woodbine and Denison. Taking a page out of Cadbury’s recent promotion of their easter eggs, the boys at Tiny Tom Donuts are hoping people will turn their once a year treats into a more frequent habit.
When I entered the store it seems that they were making some last minute finishes to the store decor. There was no line and I was served right away. It seems that not a lot of people are aware that the location is open, or even there as it’s tucked away in a commercial area. Unlike many major donut shops there are no pre-made donuts here, the donuts aren’t fried until they are ordered and there’s no greater joy then watching these mini donuts come out on the mini track.
You have a choice of four toppings: cinnamon, icing sugar, apple ‘n cinnamon and chocolate. I used the coupon from the Tiny Tom Website which allowed me 2 dozen donuts for the price of 1 dozen ($3.50) and got one in apple ‘n cinnamon and the other in icing sugar. The aroma of the hot donuts make you want to dig into the donuts right away (which is the best thing to do!). I found that the apple ‘n cinnamon was a better choice than the regular icing sugar and will definitely have to try them again.
Overall Tiny Toms has maintained its small-town tradition throughout this storefront and I hope it all the success. I would think many people in the area will welcome the new donut shop, but it will need to rid itself of the “once a year treat” stigma in order to be profitable.
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