Heavenly Donuts: A Derby staple for nearly 30 years

(WTNH) — Heavenly Donuts has become a fixture along Route 34 in Derby. Ernie Badas and his wife, Effie have owned and operated the shop for nearly 30 years and have a large number of “regulars” who come in for the in-house baked pastries and coffee.

Ernie says it’s a family affair. Their elder son Paul, and occasionally their younger son James when he’s not in classes at Yale, work in the shop. The family loves their community and their work.

In April, Ernie and Effie will have been in business for 30 years. He says they strive to get out the best possible product they can, which causes a bit of a problem for him.

“You know, I eat my own product, that’s the problem… I eat too much of it,” said Ernie.

Ernie says they make the donuts during the night so they can be made for first thing in the morning, then he starts making the pastries in the morning for the rest of the day.

Heavenly Donuts has treats for nearly every sweet tooth: donuts, muffins, different kinds of bagels, and coffee rolls. And who can forget the handmade pastries: nut horns, cinnamon twists, apple strudels, apple, blueberry, and cherry turnovers, all made with pie crust dough, and all made from scratch. Heavenly Donuts even makes egg sandwiches.

The regulars know what they like, and Effie knows, too. Ernie says that even in the drive-thru, Effie knows who it is, and she knows what they want.

So, what’s the best thing about owning a business like Heavenly Donuts? Ernie says it’s the interaction with the customers. He says all of your customers become your friends, and that’s what drives people to own a business like what they’re in.

“Everybody brags about other places, but you know, I grew up in Connecticut, I’ve lived in the Valley all my life, I’m not going anywhere,” said Ernie. “I mean, we stay here, we persevere, and I think if you work hard, you can succeed.”


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