* Address: 121 Frazier Ave.
* Online: jddonuts.com
* History: Julie Darling Donuts, opened in February 2010, was the dream of its owner, Kent Davis. Davis owned two other Chattanooga companies, but this idea was close to his heart. He had a building on Frazier Avenue that was unoccupied. For years, this building housed ACT Business Machines, which was started by his father in the '60s. Davis wanted to see the building add back to the community, but ACT had outgrown the space. In the summer of 2009, Mr. Davis was making homemade donuts for his family and friends one Saturday afternoon. As he sat in the backyard offering up his sweet, delectable creations, his mother was taken back to her childhood. The donuts reminded her of a store on McCallie Avenue from her childhood — a vivid memory that had completely left her prior to that moment. Shirley Davis's shared memory haunted Kent and made him want to create something that bonded people together and made lasting memories. The concept of Chattanooga's Julie Darling Donuts started brewing, and the doors opened to a place for Chattanoogans to make sweet memories in the building on Frazier Avenue that had been part of the North Chattanooga landscape for years. Davis named the business for his wife, Julie Daniel Davis, and daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Max Kuenzli, now run the shop, keeping the entrepreneurial spirit in the family.
* Products and services: Julie Darling Donuts is known for its uniquely flavored, super-fresh donuts. Pledging to be a nut-free store, it has become a safe haven to many families that have to be mindful of nut allergens. Julie Darling Donuts is home of the the baker's dozen: buy 12, get the 13th free. Gourmet flavors include Pancakes and Bacon, Red Velvet, and dossants. There is no freezer on the premises, and donuts are made fresh daily.
* Mission: Julie Darling Donuts strives to offer fresh donuts in the Chattanooga area that cause customers to find a smile, create a memory, and tickle their taste buds with every single bite.
Help Wanted (Please!): Chattanooga recruiters have to get creative to find top talent in a tight labor market