Whoever said ‘like a kid in a candy shop’ has obviously never seen the eyes of a child light up as they walk into a colorful doughnut shop with endless opportunities to design their own fresh, hot doughnuts.
A Doughnut Date
I picked up my four-year-old from preschool early, and we headed on a special mommy-son date. A date with delicious aromas, lively music, and an opportunity to put our culinary creativity to the test. As we stepped into Fractured Prune, the first words out of his mouth were “I smell fresh doughnuts.” Fractured Prune has a ‘hot and fresh’ motto which means they make your doughnut FRESH when you walk in the door. No display case filled with slightly stale doughnuts here! What my son didn’t know, was that today we would be designing our own fresh doughnuts, and there were over 130 mix-and-match options to choose from!
Fractured Prune is owned by the Vola family, a local Mount Pleasant family with a contagious passion for our city and their customers. As I chatted with Mrs. Vola, two families walked in to concoct their own masterpieces, and both times, she greeted the customers by name. Mrs. Vola and her husband both have full-time professions, and when I asked her why they opened Fractured Prune in 2018, she said they had recently purchased an older home that needed a new kitchen but felt like Mount Pleasant needed a family-friendly doughnut shop more. And that’s exactly what they have created. A fun space that brings out the inner kid in everyone.
More Than Just Doughnuts
If you have a child who loves doughnuts, color, and fun, then you need to plan their next party here! Your guests will enjoy decorating their own fresh doughnuts with a buffet of toppings while you lounge in style on their purple party sofa. The entire upstairs is just for your party and is decorated to captive any audience. They even have a basketball net, a play kitchen, board games, and a comfy lounge area for the parents to enjoy while the party attendant takes care of the mess! I know you may be wondering about COVID precautions, and trust me, the Vola family is doing everything they can to keep your family safe including limiting the number of guests, wearing masks, and offering hand sanitizer.
Time to Decorate
As I scanned the options of glazes and toppings, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. Carnival sprinkles. Mini marshmallows. Strawberry. Blueberry. Chocolate. The list is tantalizingly endless.
Ultimately, we ordered two “Carnival” doughnuts from their perfectly dictated list of favorites, but we already have our next visit’s order ready. Next time, my son says he will order a plain doughnut with chocolate glaze topped with graham crackers and mini marshmallows. My next order will most certainly include caramel and sea salt. That’s the beauty of this place. We could come back a dozen times, support a local small business, and experiment with different flavor combinations again and again. In fact, if you want to get together with your friends and their kiddos in their private room just call ahead and let them know you are coming. They will open it just for you! If you haven’t been to Fractured Prune, or just haven’t been lately, plan your date. Your kids will love the experience (and the doughnuts), and you will revel in these memory-making moments with your family.