ALPENA — Cops and Donuts is on its way to Alpena as part of a new downtown confectionery set to open next month.
People can place orders now for Cops and Donuts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and have them delivered, but soon the new location on Washington Avenue in the same building as Family Enterprise will open.
The donut company, which has garnered national attention for the way it was set up by police officers, considers its location a “substation”.
Snacks will not be prepared at the new Galley Sweet Shop, which will open soon and will offer a variety of treats, but will be delivered and sold fresh.
Gail Bruski, owner of Galley Sweet Shop, said work on the new store is progressing well and the doors will open soon.
She said that ever since the news about the new store and Cops and Donuts’ involvement broke on social media, people have become eager for the store to open.
“From the very beginning, people have supported donuts being here,” Bruski said. “When Cops and Donuts did the survey on Facebook, there were a lot of positive responses from Alpena residents, so that was really encouraging.”
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Greg “Ryno” Rynearson, one of Cops and Donuts’ owning cops, said that when Bruski approached them about selling the branded donuts, he could tell it was a good fit. He said everyone at the company is excited about the new location in Alpena and can’t wait for people to try their products.
“There is definitely a love for our product at Alpena,” he said. “We are thrilled and will be in Alpena next month for the store opening.”
Galley Sweet Shop will also feature law enforcement themed decor. Bruski said local law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police, Alpena County Sheriff’s Office and Alpena Police Department donated items to display.
Bruski said there will also be a small retail area in the store that will feature nautical-themed items, some of which are made by the North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation and Opportunity Center (NEMROC) and exclusive to the store.
There will also be premium candies and chocolates and artwork available for purchase.
A candy store has long been wanted downtown, and Bruski said it’s ready to serve customers. She said her location is perfect and can’t wait to open.
“This place is really perfect,” she said. “It has ample parking, it has visibility and it is centrally located. We will also deliver, so people who work in factories early in the morning can get donuts.