Delicious Downtown Dessert Spots Power Through Pandemic

By Kaitlyn Kelley

2020 was a taxing year for small businesses, but One Hot Cookie and OH Donut Co. didn’t let the pandemic hold them back. Despite some challenges, they plan on going into 2021 better than ever.

“OH Donut is actually expanding,” Courtney Watson, an employee at OH Donut Co., said. “We are going to open a new location in downtown Youngstown in the next few months, I believe.”

OH Donut Co. was founded in April 2019, with its first location opening up at 1315 Boardman-Canfield Road in Youngstown. As the name entails, they offer a wide selection of donuts to choose from. They also sell breakfast sandwiches and serve multiple different lunch options such as salads, soups and sandwiches.

Mikayla Shiels, a sophomore nursing student, recently tried its donuts for herself.

“My friends and I had a dozen donuts delivered to us on a whim,” Shiels said. “But they were literally so good. I tried this M&M-flavored donut, and it was the best donut I’d ever had.”

Bergen Giordani, who is the co-owner of OH Donut Co. and One Hot Cookie, said the company plans to open up a second location on 112 W Commerce St. in downtown Youngstown, which is currently the location of One Hot Cookie.

One Hot Cookie was founded by Giordani and her daughter, Morgen. They said it “started as a whim,” and officially became a business in 2013. The company has since grown, with locations open in two states. Their goal is simply to make the communities around them “a little sweeter.”

“One Hot Cookie is going to be focusing primarily on online sales from this point on,” Bergen Giordani said. “And we kind of just wanted to try something new with that business. That is why OH Donut Co. will be moving into the building where One Hot Cookie is now.”

Bergan Giordani said this doesn’t mean One Hot Cookie is closing — they will still be working out of Boardman, under the same address as the current OH Donut Co. location. While they’ll still focus primarily on online orders, customers can get their cookies and other desserts delivered to their door with services such as DoorDash or Grubhub.

“I love One Hot Cookie a lot, and I used to go there a lot my freshman year,” Shiels said. “Obviously, I’m a little bit sad to see it go. But I also really like OH Donut, and I hope things open back up soon so I can go with my friends and try all their stuff!”

While OH Donut Co. plans to have indoor dining in its new location as soon as possible, it also offers delivery and takeout under the same methods One Hot Cookie uses. Catering is also available for large crowds.

Currently, One Hot Cookie and OH Donut Co. only offers delivery and takeout. OH Donut Co.’s hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. One Hot Cookie is open from 12-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-8 p.m. on Sunday.

SUMMARY: One Hot Cookie in downtown Youngstown will be moving to make way for OH Donut Co., co-owned by the same owner. Both companies hope to try something new, and share their food items with the community.

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