Charlie's Donuts is a destination

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 03:13 PM.

After 20 years service in the United States Army flying helicopters, Mingus retired to Bonifay, where he bought a pine tree farm. 

One day, he struck up a conversation with a "young kid" in his early 30s driving a lumber truck that was helping build Mingus's farmhouse. The young man was also ex army.

"I asked him what he wanted to do with the rest of his life and he told me he had always wanted to open a donut store," recalls Mingus.

That young man was John Smith, who is now his partner.

While in Germany , Smith had worked in a donut store.

"I had no product knowledge except I like to eat donuts," said Mingus. "But I said, heck, let's do it."

The first day open, they were out of donuts by 8 a.m.

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