CHARDON, Ohio – Alissa Hogue knows her donuts.
“My favorite is the maple cream,” she said.
She said there aren’t any donuts that taste like Maggie’s donuts.
“From start to finish, they’re fresh every day. I mean, what other donut store does that? she asked.
It’s a recipe that has a rich history in Northeast Ohio.
“Maggie’s has been around since 1959. It started on Noble Road in Cleveland, then moved to Middlefield,” said Bill Poole, the owner of the franchise.
There are now several different locations around Geauga and Lake counties.
But Hogue also has a history with Maggie’s. Poole, the owner of the franchise, is her stepfather.
“Alissa grew up in the donut shop from a young age, around 5 or 6 years old. She has practical experience, ”said Poole.
She started working at the Middlefield site when she was only 14 years old.
“I did the driving. I worked at the counter, with the customers. I iced, I filled, I iced the donuts, I did the back office, like payroll, ”she said.
Poole said he’s always prided himself on his work ethic.
“You grow up in a family business, you learn what to do and there isn’t maybe later, maybe tomorrow, maybe next day or have someone else do it. to do is no, you have to do it, and it has been an appointment for me, ”he said.
Hogue said she was working at the store, simply, as a way to save money for the future. She intended to study nursing in college, and throughout high school took college courses at Lakeland Community College.
“I started looking for colleges in 7th grade,” she said.
But when COVID-19 changed the way students learned, it changed his plans as well.
“Being online for classes, especially college classes, was awful. I’ll be honest, it was awful, ”Hogue said.
At only 18, she used her savings to buy and open the brand new Maggie’s Donuts franchise at 301 Center Street in Chardon.
“I’m really excited to be at Chardon. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, ”Hogue said. “I really believe everything happens for a reason.”
Poole said he opened his first franchise at just 23, but Hogue is the youngest franchisee the company has ever had.
“She broke my record,” he joked.
But said he was convinced she had the recipe for making the new location a success.
“When she turned 18 here and graduated from high school, we weren’t quite sure what her future plans would be. This opportunity has presented itself and I feel it is ready, ”he said. “She always gives 100%.”
Chardon’s Maggie’s Donuts is open Tuesday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.