Downtown Donuts isn’t a chain. We’re a local family (Katy & Nate Ernst). We’ve got 4 kids and have lived in Concord for over 8 years.

We live near downtown Concord, right off Union St, and we wanted to start a business downtown to contribute to our awesome community.

We want you to love coming to Downtown Donuts. The donuts are hot and made to order (fresh!). We’ve got great coffee too.



Local local

Coffee: We grind whole beans from Dynamite Roasting Co. in Black Mountain, NC.

Shirts: We’ve used our local screen printer, DaVinTee, as well as a screen printer in NoDa, Charlotte. They’re soft and durable, with a single pass screen print. They’re made to look good, feel good, and last a long time.

Windows and Signage: The window vinyl and some of the signage is from our local sign shop, Purple Star Graphics. They’re super nice folks, who care about Concord. Go check them out!

Mugs: The mugs are handmade by our friend Maria Frey at her Potteria Studio in Mint Hill (thanks Maria!).

Flowers: New flowers every week are from a local nursery, Curiosity Farm, 5 minutes away (thanks Margaret!).

Wood: Nate, Katy and some friends built the counters, trim and tables (thanks to Josh, Aaron, Dustin, and Jordan!). The barn wood is from old heart pine from an old barn about 10 minutes away (thanks Bobby!).

We hired local companies to do the upfitting and any maintenance along the way. We love Concord, and everyone here has been so supportive and generous to us.

Other info

What time do you usually run out of donuts?
We don’t. We’re not that kind of shop. We make every donut to order. We make them hot and fresh all day long, until 8pm. So even if you come at 7:59, we’d be happy to make you donuts!

When is Downtown Donuts open? 
We’re open Monday – Saturday 8am – 8pm. Sometimes we open on Sunday for a couple hours for a special flavor.

What does Downtown Donuts have? 
Hot and fresh donuts and great coffee. Plus awesome shirts, handmade mugs, dog donuts, delicious whole bean coffee you can take home, hot chocolate, hot tea, and a wide variety of bottled drinks.

Why isn’t everything donuts?
That’s a great question. We’d support everything being donuts.