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From | Thursday 16 July 2020

Couple set up shop after success delivering sweet treats and caffeinated drinks.

Megan Hayward and Jack Nicklas at Revival Coffee and Donuts in Ferensway, Hull.

A couple who set up a doughnut delivery service have now enhanced the city centre’s food offer by setting up shop in a former hair salon.

Revival Coffee and Donuts, set up by Megan Hayward and Jack Nicklas, supports suppliers in the area and raising money for local charities.

They hope to create as many as 10 jobs when the business becomes fully operational.

The couple, who live in Cottingham, came up with the idea of opening a specialist coffee and doughnut shop after being impressed by similar businesses on their travels around the country.

Megan said: “We saw some amazing places. I’m into baking and finding things that taste good so I decided to have a go at making doughnuts.”

Equipped with a £20 fryer, Megan set about dishing up prototype donuts and, encouraged by the responses after testing on family and friends, secured a contract to supply a cafe in Hull.

She said: “By the second week, people were queuing at the cafe, waiting for our delivery. Then other businesses heard about our donuts and started to contact us and it built up from there.”

Some of the products at Megan Hayward and Jack Nicklas at Revival Coffee and Donuts.

Demand surged again after Megan and Jack took their wares to the Good Things Market in Humber Street and sold 250 donuts in less than two hours. They intensified their search for premises and have now converted the former salon in Ferensway.

They’ve ripped out the wash basins, mirrors, power points and chandeliers from the previous business and brought in custom-made counters and tables, with murals designed by local artists.

The ground floor has a serving counter and limited seating and downstairs is the prep area – where the magic happens as the donuts are delivered from the micro-kitchen at home and transformed into tasty treats with icing and other additions.

With homemade donuts and hot drinks from River City Coffee and Leaves of the World tea, Megan and Jack are planning to add soft serve ice cream. Almost all the products are vegan.

Initial opening hours are 11am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday. The plan is to extend the opening hours in the coming weeks and details will be posted on the company’s Facebook and Instagram pages.