Donut shop serves up customers by the dozen

Photo by Tasha Stewart Jason Lake, Darren West, Joni Croley, Villa Aing, Donna Ledford, Bethany Jones and David Thompson at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Photo by Tasha Stewart
Jason Lake, Darren West, Joni Croley, Villa Aing, Donna Ledford, Bethany Jones and David Thompson at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Knox County formally welcomed its newest eatery, The Perfect Donuts, at a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this week.

The Union Plaza donut shop officially opened on May 19 and has since been fueling Knox residents through the early hours of the morning with its delicious sugar confections.

While The Perfect Donuts is new to Barbourville, business owner Villa Aing stressed that the business is not new to the area. Aing first opened a donut shop under the same name in Corbin over a year ago. The great success of his Corbin shop along with the voice of the people inspired him to expand in Barbourville. “I’m happy to be in Barbourville,” said Aing at the ceremony.

“Business is going good so far.”

The donut shop has certainly been a crowd favorite. During the first month following the shop’s opening, residents lined out of the building and drive-thru for the fresh, delicious donuts. The shop completely sold out of donuts before 9 a.m. on many occasions.

Facing the slower summer months, Aing is excited for school to resume so he can interact more with the community, including Union College students.

Aing has already met several Union students who were in town this summer for orientation. Not only do they love the donuts, students are excited to have another gathering place in town.

“Union College students are excited for the new business. They will get 15% off of their purchase after Labor Day,” said Aing.

Along with the addition of the student discount, Aing also plans to extend his shop hours after Labor Day. The shop is currently open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new Fall hours will keep the shop open until 6 in the evening.