#ShineOnLocal | The Donut Inn

We love our local community and are proud to serve Southeastern NC. Intracoastal Realty is excited to announce our new initiative called #ShineOnLocal. Every month we’ll highlight a local business in the area followed by a special event at the location.

Step into The Donut Inn and you’re welcomed with the sweet smell of freshly baked hand cut donuts, scratch made bagels, and locally roasted coffees and espressos. That’s not the only thing they’re serving up, don’t miss out on their made-to-order breakfast and lunch sandwiches too. Sounds amazing right? Stop by on Friday, March 19 from 10 am – 12 pm at the Military Cutoff location and you’ll receive one free donut compliments of Intracoastal Realty.  

Owners Allen Renquist (left) and Matt Anlyan (right) – photo courtesy of The Donut Inn

Owner’s Allen Renquist and Matt Anlyan have an incredible background prior to owning The Donut Inn. Combined they spent 18 years working in international hunger relief for an organization called Stop Hunger Now (now called Rise Against Hunger) that is headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Their mission was to deliver fully nutritious, dehydrated meals primarily to education and development programs all over the world.

Continuing their humanitarian efforts with their business, The Donut Inn donates their end of day baked goods to local non-profits.

The Donut Inn Military Cutoff location – photo courtesy of The Donut Inn

What inspired you and Allen to open Donut Inn?

Matt Anlyan: We were both interested in becoming entrepreneurs. We used to have lunch once a week where we would work on business ideas. Most of our ideas were pretty grandiose, so we ultimately decided that the best way to get our foot in the entrepreneurial door was to buy an existing business. One day at lunch, while searching for businesses for sale, we came across The Donut Inn. We knew it was a special place and we knew that we could continue to grow it.

Fresh handmade donuts – photo courtesy of The Donut Inn

What’s your favorite item on the menu?

Matt Anlyan: I’ll give you my top three in no particular order.

  • Baja beach burrito (for when I’m really hungry)
  • Asiago bagel with vegetable cream cheese and bacon
  • Glazed croissant or two when my sweet tooth kicks in

Which donut do you recommend for first timers?

Matt Anlyan: I try to tailor it to different new customers. Some folks prefer cake donuts to yeast raised and for others it’s the opposite. Two of our most popular are our glazed sour cream cake and maple frosted yeast raised with bacon.

Photo courtesy of The Donut Inn

What’s your favorite part about living in the Wilmington area?

Matt Anylan: Other than being close to family, I would have to say being close to the beach and having great outdoor recreation options.

Those new to the Wilmington area, what tips would you give them or an activity they must try?

  • Explore all of the amazing locally owned restaurants and shops
  • Take in a concert at Greenfield Lake
  • Camp at Carolina Beach State Park

Shine on Local Event Details:

Pop into The Donut Inn located on 1427 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 from 10 am – 12 pm on Friday, March 19 for a free donut courtesy of Intracoastal Realty. Make sure to follow @intracoastalrealty and @thedonutinn on Instagram and use the hashtag #ShineOnLocal when you drop by. We’ll see you there!

*Limited to one donut per person.