Daily Memphian: Happy Glaze Donuts to revive former Germantown Papa Murphy's


Happy Glaze Donuts will open later this spring in Germantown Plaza, occupying the former Germantown Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza space.

The local business on Farmington Boulevard is the fulfillment of a long-time dream for "Chief Donut Officer" Jake Gaines. His wife’s sister and her husband, Krissy and Tim Johnson , are the owners.

“Tim made it possible,” Gaines said. “It’s always been a dream. He sees a dream and he goes for it.”

Gaines said he grew up going to Memphis-area donut shops with his father and now shares the tradition with his daughters, and that he always thought it would be neat to have his own donut shop.

“It’s a happy place. No one is ever upset when they go to a donut shop,” he said.

Gaines and the Johnson's almost purchased the former Little Caesars location in Germantown for the new donut shop, but Papa Murphy’s had closed days earlier, required less renovation, and was better for their concept of wanting to have space for patrons to dine in.

In addition, Gaines said Happy Glaze Donuts’ concept, mini-donuts made-to-order, will set the shop apart from others in the Memphis area.

A new treat shop called Happy Glaze Donuts is opening in Germantown, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for 'Chief Donut Officer' Jake Gaines who is opening the business later this spring with his sister-in-law Krissy Johnson. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

“They will never be not fresh," Gaines said. "They will be made right in front of you,” Gaines said, adding that Germantown does not have a local shop dedicated to donuts.

Gaines said 14 kinds of "mini-donuts" will be advertised on the shop's website and that they are constantly coming up with new flavors. 

“A lot of the flavors you would see in other donut shops, but (the toppings) are homemade instead of out of a bucket,” he said.

Krissy Johnson, co-owner of Happy Glazed Donuts, previously had her own cupcake catering business, and said a lot of the recipes coming to the shop will be hers.

“I tweaked on my recipes to make them work for donuts,” she said.

Some of the variations of the treat are traditional such as chocolate sprinkles and glazed, but others are creative flavors including peanut butter and jelly, fruity pebbles and apple butter.

The shop will sell the made-to-order hot small donuts by the dozen, with one dozen, including tax, being $5. There will be an online ordering feature and some large orders can be delivered through their own delivery service.

The online feature will allow people to schedule when they would like to pick up.

In addition to Gaines and the Johnson's, Krissy Johnson’s brother, Andrew Banker, will also have a part in the business. Banker owns 901Roasted, and Happy Glaze will carry the coffee exclusively.

“It’s all in the family,” Johnson said, and they plan to hire additional staff.

“It’s a happy place. No one is ever upset when they go to a donut shop.” 
Jake Gaines, "Chief Donut Officer" at Happy Glaze Donuts

In addition to the shop in Germantown, Happy Glaze Donuts will also have a food truck.

Shop hours have yet to be set, but the shop plans to be open in the afternoon and evening.

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Commercial Appeal: Mini-doughnuts are coming to Germantown — and they're made to order

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There’s nothing better than a warm, freshly cooked doughnut. It used to be, you’d have to get up mighty early to get a warm doughnut, as most shops bake in the wee hours of the morning for the day’s offerings.

A new doughnut shop is coming to Germantown that changes all that. Happy Glaze Donuts will make doughnuts to order. 

Happy Glaze co-owner Jake Gaines said they have invested in a doughnut-making machine that can cook a batch of 12 mini-doughnuts in less than one minute.

Happy Glaze Donuts co-owners Krissy Johnson, right, and Jake Gaines will start offering their mini-doughnuts through a food truck the week of April 15 and will open a retail store mid-May in Germantown. (Photo: Mark Weber, The Commercial Appeal)

The made-to-order doughnuts come with 12 mini-doughnuts per box. Gaines said “these delectable little treats are about 1 to 1½ inches each.”

Doughnuts come in two categories, “traditional” and “cake.” Gaines said these doughnuts are more in the cake category, but they are lighter and fluffier than a classic cake doughnut. “Think beignets,” he said, explaining the texture and sweet flavor will remind you of this New Orleans treat.

Happy Glaze Donuts will start offering their mini-doughnuts through a food truck the week of April 15 and will open a retail store mid-May in Germantown. (Photo: Mark Weber, The Commercial Appeal)

The doughnuts will be decorated to order as well, with 14 to 15 flavors from which to choose.

Gaines said his sister-in-law, Krissy Johnson, came up with their signature “happy glaze.” Johnson had a cupcake business, and this homemade cream cheese glaze was originally a cupcake icing.

Johnson worked with Gaines to come up with some classic flavors like chocolate sprinkles and chocolate glazed, as well as some unique toppings like peanut butter and jelly, maple bacon and Fruity Pebbles. 

Johnson and her husband, Tim, are also partners in the new doughnut shop with Gaines.

“I have been a doughnut fan my whole life,” Gaines said. “I was always interested in doughnut shops and would try out places when I traveled.”

On his travels, he discovered this new doughnut concept. “Nashville, Huntsville and Birmingham all have these types of doughnut shops. But Memphis didn’t have anything like it.”

The new shop will open mid-May at 7781 Farmington Blvd. in Germantown. The 1,200-square-foot location was previously occupied by a Papa Murphy’s pizza restaurant.  Gaines said they hope to have seating for 14 to 20.

The good news is you don’t have to wait until construction is finished to enjoy Happy Glaze doughnuts.

“The retail shop process was taking so long, we decided to invest in a food truck,” Gaines said.

The food truck will be open a few days a week in front of the new location starting the week of April 15. Check Happy Glaze’s social media pages for exact open times.

Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at jennifer.chandler@commercialappeal.com and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.

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