ANGLETON

Dee Best Donuts in Angleton isn't just donuts. A selection of tacos, biscuits, kolaches and croissants are also available all day until closing at the cafe.

The pandemic took its toll on many businesses, especially the service industry. Shopping locally is the way for communityowned businesses to regenerate profit while maintaining relationships between business and customers.

Dee Best Donuts has stayed busy, and the owners were very appreciative.

"We see our clients so commonly that we have found a lot of people to be like family," owner Sanly Odom said.

The breakfast cafe's owners have recognized how the The Facts' Shop Local Shop Strong program has benefited their business while building their relationship with more clients. Dee's is a small chain and it feels more like a momand-pop shop than its big competitors.

"This close community has helped us grow; it has helped us get out of a comfort zone and engage more," Odom said.

That comfort zone includes a patio seating area, giving customers a chance to relax while enjoying their purchase. The drive-thru is routinely busy for those who need to grab and go, while the indoor service allows customers to take their time making their choices.

Among those choices this time of yearare holiday-themed donuts and various treats ready for the winter season. Last year, turkey-shaped bear claws, snowmen-shaped donuts and Christmas Tree-shaped sweets were all added to draw more customers and celebrate the season.

Dee Best prides itself on using fresh ingredients in its tacos and kolaches, trying to refrain from the one-dimensional view many people have of donut shops. The iced coffees are a critical pickme-up for those needing a drive-thru energy quick fix.

"We want to offer high-quality variety to our customers," Odom said.

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