WITH VIDEO: Cops and Doughnuts partners with new Alpena sweet shop

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Galley Sweet Shop owner Gail Bruski arranges some Cops and Doughnuts treats onto a tray at her new store on Wednesday. The new sweet shop will open in December, but Cops and Doughnuts sweets are available now. The store will also feature nautical retail items and specialty chocolates.

ALPENA — Cops and Doughnuts is on its way to Alpena as part of a new sweet shop downtown that is expected to open next month.

People can place orders now for Cops and Doughnuts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 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 received national attention because of how it was established by police officers, considers its location a “substation.”

The snacks won’t be made at the new Galley Sweet Shop, which will open soon and offer a variety of goodies, but will be delivered and sold fresh.

Galley Sweet Shop owner Gail Bruski said work in the new store is coming along nicely, and soon the doors will be open for business.

She said since the news about the new store, and Cops and Doughnuts’ involvement, was announced on social media people have become anxious for the store to open.

“From the very beginning people have supported having the doughnuts here,” Bruski said. “When Cops and Doughnuts did the survey on Facebook, there was a lot of positive response from people in Alpena, so it was really encouraging.”

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Greg “Ryno” Rynearson, one of the policemen who own Cops and Doughnuts, said when Bruski approached them seeking to sell the branded doughnuts, he could tell it was a good fit. He said everyone with the company is excited about the new location in Alpena and can’t wait for people to try their goods.

“There is definitely a love for our product in Alpena, he said. “We are excited and will be in Alpena sometime next month for the store’s opening.”

Galley Sweet Shop will also feature decor with a law enforcement theme. Bruski said local law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police, Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, and Alpena Police Department have donated items to put on display.

Bruski said there will also be a small retail area in the shop that will have nautical-themed items, some of which are being made by the North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation and Opportunity Center (NEMROC) and exclusive to the store.

There will also be high-end candy and chocolates and artwork available to purchase.

A sweet shop has long been craved downtown, and Bruski said she is ready to serve her customers. She said her location is perfect and looks forward to opening her doors.

“This location is really perfect,” she said. “It has ample parking, it has visibility, and it is centrally located. We will deliver too, so those people who work at the plants in the early morning hours can get some doughnuts.”


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