Ryan Tripp — co-owner of Bear Creek Donuts and, more recently, the Donut Haus Bakery in Springboro — told this news outlet that Livingston "reached out to me in late December and inquired about adding doughnuts to their lineup. His shop, which has an outstanding reputation, definitely caught my interest. He is interested in selling our specialty doughnuts as well as some of our house-roasted coffee. We at Bear Creek are also interested in possibly carrying some of his baked items."
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Tripp said the collaboration shows “how independents can work together to compete against chains. It is helping us both emerge in markets that are new to us.”
Brittany Moore takes a phone order at her business, Moore Dessert Please, a cupcake shop and bakery at 1003 Shroyer Road in Dayton. The Wall Street Journal has proclaimed that the gourmet-cupcake market is "crashing." Local gourmet-cupcake entrepreneurs beg to differ. They say southwest Ohio residents have proven they have a powerful -- and sustained -- hunger for cupcakes and other baked sweets, although some say they've expanded their offerings to keep up with the market. A UD professor says there's an inherent risk in jumping into a "trend" business, and as the market matures and becomes saturated, only those nimble enough to evolve quickly will survive in the long run.JIM WITMER / STAFF
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Two of the largest doughnut-store chains in the country — Dunkin’ Donuts and Tim Hortons — have added new locations in the Dayton area, and say that more shops are in the works.
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Livingston said Bear Creek’s doughnuts will be “a great combination” with the 200-plus flavors of cupcakes that his own bakery offers. While the doughnuts will initially be available at Moore Dessert Please only on Fridays and Saturdays, “There is a chance we could pick up other days as well,” Livingston said.
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“Both Ryan and I really believe in supporting small business and working together,” Livingston said. “I realize there are a lot of other doughnut shops in the area, but with Bear Creek’s unique and high-quality donuts and flavors along with what I’ve created at MDP, this collaboration just makes perfect sense.”
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