A sweet treat could become a full-time job
They came for the creative fibre, but many of the shoppers at the creative fibre artisan market certainly found another reason to stay when they came across the R ‘N’ B Donut Sensation stall at the market.
Ryan Inocencio says the doughnut stall, which is his brainchild with wife Belinda, came about because he and Belinda “just love doughnuts”.
“We used to go to Auckland to buy doughnuts and then thought maybe we could make them ourselves. So we tried, experimented with the recipe and settled on one we think is really authentic. Then we thought if we love doughnuts, surely other people do, and started setting up the business to sell at markets.”
While Ryan still has a fulltime job as a welder and polisher, he says they are hoping to turn their doughnut stall into a fulltime shop eventually.
“At the moment we go to as many markets as we can to build up regular customers and some savings. Eventually we would like to open a shop where we can sell them.”
Ryan Inocencio’s doughnut stall was popular with shoppers.
With a range of flavours and frostings, the doughnuts were selling quickly, with one customer saying she would be back for more. Eileen Tarn said she had seen the stall earlier in the day.
“I tried to avoid it because I’m sure they aren’t good for my waistline, but I just couldn’t resist. The problem is now I have eaten one I think I need to try all the other flavours as well.”
■ Editor’s note: The editor’s children conducted a very scientific taste test, and while they disagreed on which was the best flavour, they all agreed they were “the best doughnuts we’ve had in ages”.