My Story

So who is “The Donut Lady?” Well, I have lived and worked in the Temecula Valley since 1999. In fact, I live on the ranch my parents built in 1988 in Temecula Wine Country. And while I still dabble in my day job as a local Realtor, I found my new passion quite by accident.

I was with my family one beautiful Sunday in October and we took a drive up to the mountains. While driving, my daughter-in-law Christy said, “we can’t leave here today till I get some mini donuts”. I must admit I was a bit bewildered. I couldn’t imagine anything being that tasty that would have us waiting in line for donuts.

Well, low and behold, we drove up to the store and there were at least 150 people wrapped around the building, waiting for their hot and fresh, mini donuts to be made.  I couldn’t believe it! While Christy waited in line, (for over an hour) I went inside to find out more about these mysterious little morsels.

Well, the sight of two robotic donut machines, making 4,800 mini donuts an hour, was something to see. It was fun and fascinating watching these little donuts being cooked and flipped out, and then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and ready to eat right on the spot! They were warm and super yummy. Addicting actually. It made me a believer.

As I was watching the people enjoying these cute and tasty mini donuts, I thought to

myself, how great it would be to have these at weddings, parties and events. So, when I got home, I researched it and bought myself a small tabletop robotic donut machine, like the ones I saw in the mountains, and the rest is history!  I am having so much fun serving guests and seeing how much they enjoy watching the mini donuts being made and then eating them! I truly feel blessed doing

what I love…bringing people joy

-Sharlyn Spates, "The Donut Lady"