I can’t lie, I love my Tim Hortons too… Stumbling upon Athens, Ohio your everyday Tim Hortons latte and donut begins to compete a little more with the hidden gems found throughout the bricks of Athens. McHappy’s Bake Shoppe a donut shop that speaks for itself “smiles by the dozen.” It’s actually a funny story of how I stumbled upon this hidden sweet treat gem. Training for the Athens half marathon, I began to run a little more outside the bricks and over the bridge, around mile five I was mind blown by the things that existed just over this bridge. Over this bridge and pass the hocking McHappy’s was almost like grandmas house, a little brick building that sums up the simplicity of Athens, Ohio. Forty years of baking fresh donuts and pastries McHappy’s expanded it’s brand to five locations but the Athens store just felt like home. That feeling of sitting in your kitchen and grandma just baked so many cookies, the smell fills the air and you just can’t pick one. Thank goodness it’s only 9.50 for a dozen because getting one would almost be a crime.
Do you ever have that feeling where nothing is sweet enough? When one “timbit” doesn’t cut it, well McHappy’s Bake Shoppe hits the spot. The wire racks filled with mouth watering donuts glazed to perfection, some jelly filled others maple filled, it wasn’t just a donut it was a taste of satisfaction. One dozen later and I was smiling, ear to ear my sweet tooth caved. The taste of the maple cream filled donut was something you just can’t find at your commercial coffee shop. If you aren’t craving the sweet glazed donut, don’t worry they have fresh made muffins, strong brewed coffee and a drive through for these wintery months. Yes, my mouth is watering thinking about the sweet satisfaction that filled the air of McHappy’s…”donut worry” i’ll be back for more. All in all Athens is pretty “sweet” it gives you this desire to be healthy, to live a fit life but some times that motivation from your half-marathon training leads you to sweetest of them all; a little brick bakery, called McHappy’s.