Hi, I'm Emily Westhill. My father-in-law and I own Deputy Donut, a donut and coffee shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin.
Brrrrr! It's been a cold winter so far. Up here in northern Wisconsin, we're used to freezing temperatures, but still . . .
It's warm inside Deputy Donut. We're making coffee and other hot beverages and donuts all day, but that's not all that warms this sweet little shop. Our customers are wonderful!
Yes, the retired ladies who call themselves the Knitpickers often seem to be bickering with the group of retired men who sit at a table near the Knitpickers' table, but if you listen closely, both groups are teasing each other and loving every moment of it.
And we get a lot of warmth and camaraderie from the first responders who take their breaks here. The cops claim to be experts on coffee and donuts, which means that they know they don't like the coffee at police headquarters, and they know they do like our coffee and donuts.
And then there's my cat . . . What could be warmer than a cat? Because of health regulations, Dep (it's short for Deputy Donut, and the shop was named after her, not the other way around) doesn't come into the kitchen or dining area, but if anyone needs to cuddle a cat, they can join her in our office, and if she's not running around on catwalks that Tom and I built near the ceiling, she's usually available to purr in a pair of human arms.
I'd like to say that she helps solve mysteries, but she's as likely to take exception to a police officer as to a murderer. She adores one detective, but runs away from another.
Yes, one of my favorite customers, a Knitpicker, was murdered, and it was a stressful time for all of us, but in addition to being a warm place, a donut shop that serves as a community center is also a source of information. Tom, who retired as Fallingbrook's police chief, and I keep our eyes and ears open . . .
And so does Dep, when she's not playing or napping.
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