BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Creativity is king at Harold’s Doughnuts – Columbia Missourian

The creative minds at Harold’s Doughnuts have all the more time to perfect their craft doughnuts since the business decided to not be open Mondays.

That doesn’t mean the shop isn’t still planning and testing new doughnut flavors.

Mondays now see some “prep work and more testing,” said Michael Urban, owner and founder of the shop.

The decision to cease normal operations on Mondays provided the employees with a consistent day off.

Harold’s Doughnuts now has a one-hour meeting on Mondays that allows for planning and input from employees.

Urban said he “was satisfied” with how things were and hinted at a “plan on extending hours at the southern shop.”

Urban described the shops’ creativity as a “definite strength.” The Monday pivot provides more time to plan new flavors and improve events such as their Doughnut Bars, one of which — a Girl Scout Cookies-themed affair — began Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday, from 7-10 p.m. both nights at the downtown location.

Harold’s Doughnuts plans to have extended hours this upcoming week during Columbia’s True/False Film Festival. The downtown shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to March 2 during the festival.

Urban is expecting some “repeat customers from around the world,” to drop in during the long weekend.

Black Business Expo set for Saturday

Columbia College’s second annual Black Business Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Southwell Athletic Complex, 700 Range Line St.

Thirty-six black-owned businesses from mid-Missouri will be featured in the showcase, according to Columbia College spokesman Sam Fleury. The vendors will offer food, fashion, beauty, art and financial services.

The Black Expo will be free and open to the public.

The event was initiated by Columbia College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee last year. It aims to promote local commerce’s vitality and support black entrepreneurs.

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