Customers flock to this man's donut shop every morning for a really sad reason
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there's no greater culinary experience than biting into a fresh donut. Dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant or tucking into your mother's home cooking are both unique experiences, but is there any greater pleasure than heading to Krispy Kreme at just the right time and biting into that warm delicious dough?
In my opinion, there isn't. But that doesn't mean that I would wake up before dawn to score a fresh donut - there are some things more important than food, and for me, sleep is one of them. But at a donut shop in Seal Beach, California, an owner opens his doors at 4:30 in the morning and within three hours, every donut is gone.
But this mad morning rush is due to more than the quality of John Chhan's delicious sweet treats. Chhan has been operating his donut shop Donut City for nearly 30 years, bringing delight and security to an entire generation of Seal Beach residents. By his side, he's had his wife Stella to help him run the business.
But last month, Stella suffered a brain aneurysm, and since then has needed constant care. "She's in a nursing home," explained John, adding that he had drafted in his sister-in-law to help him manage the business. John Chhan vowed to spend as much time with his wife as humanly possible, but there was a business to run, and bills to pay.
With donuts still to be made, Chhan resigned himself to having to spend time away from Stella, but then, customers at Donut City caught wind of Stella's condition, and in return for all that he provided for the community over three decades, they decided to give John Chhan a little sweetness in return.
So, when Chhan opens his doors at 4:30 in the morning, customers flock to his shop, and buy every last donut, drink every last coffee. By 7:30, Chhan's stock has been exhausted, and with no donuts to sell, there's simply nothing for him to do apart for most of the day. So, he's forced to leave Donut City early, and spend more time with his wife.
"It is heartbreaking to hear her misfortune," Steven O'Fallon, a regular at Donut City, said of Stella Chhan's medical condition. She's been making him donuts for his entire life. O'Fallon explained that along with the other customers at Donut City, he's just trying to repay the goodwill that the Chhans have provided over the years.
"She was always in the back making doughnuts. I would drop by there with my mom and dad in the mornings before school. John would always toss a few extra doughnut holes. He always has a smile on his face."
O'Fallon explained that along with the other customers at Donut City, he's just trying to repay the goodwill that the Chhans have provided over the years. Renee Rogers, another long-time customer, also spoke about the impact Donut City's had on the community.
"It's one of the few things that's still here. He makes them fresh and brings them right there in the mornings. It's a real American dream for them," Rogers explained. And with the help of Donut City's customers, John Chhan can live out that American dream, while also spending valuable time with his sick wife.