Donut shop bringing a little bit of ‘Paradise’ to Sparta

Posted By | July 18, 2006 12:00 am

Missy Jones
If the smell of fresh baked donuts and pastries is enticing, then Paradise Donuts in West Towne Plaza
is the place to visit.
Every night, trained bakers prepare the pasties from scratch so they are fresh every day. They offer a variety of donuts and pastries including a large selection of cake donuts with sprinkles, coconut, chocolate and regular glaze.
Paradise Donuts also offers fried apple and blueberry pies, Bismarcks, apple fritters, Long Johns, bear claws, fruit squares and cinnamon and glaze twists.
Each day they offer a different selection.
Paradise Donuts is owned and operated by Tom Walczak and Ralph Lewis.
The two are retired and were looking for a good business opportunity when they found the Paradise Donut franchise. The Sparta location is the first in Tennessee, and they hope to open another shop in the near future.
Walczak and Lewis had nothing but high praise for the Paradise Donut Company.
“We hope the public will support us and find that we offer a very good donut at affordable prices,” said Walczak.
Paradise has five employees including Maria Price, Krystal Harrison, Heather Hendrien, Sabrina Wright and Portia Prater. The staff is positive, friendly and ready to serve when customers walk in the door. The owners are planning to hire one more baker for the night shift.
Anyone with the motivation to learn and the willingness to work nights should apply in person.
“We are striving to offer a family atmosphere for our employees,” said Lewis. “We want them to feel they are a part of the business, and we want them to enjoy coming to work every day.”
Walczak and Lewis are both retired from the U.S. Air Force and met at Poplar Grove Baptist Church.
Walczak also retired from civil service and the U.S. Army.
He served as reserve major and deputy chief of supply and was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. Walczak’s wife Kathy is from Oak Ridge, and they decided to move back to the area.
Lewis served in the Gulf War and received the Bronze Star.
He retired from the Air Force as chief master sergeant where he managed information systems. He also retired from the Harris Corporation.
He and his wife Janice moved to the area to be closer to their son who works in Cookeville.
Paradise Donuts is in West Towne Plaza Shopping Center and can be contacted at 738-2000.
Large orders of 10 dozen donuts or more needs to be called in the day before so they can plan to bake extra.
The business is open 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m., on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday, but Lewis said individuals and churches can pick up donuts Saturday afternoon, and the donuts will hold their freshness until Sunday morning.

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