How It Started
“Hey, Arlyn! What were you doing the very moment your daughter, Jill, was born?” is a question you could ask this journeyman baker and co-owner of the newly opened Destination Doughnuts. (“Psst … frying doughnuts,” is the answer.)
It was destiny, after all these years, to come together and build a business plan around doughnuts!
We are a family-run shop that offers 20 doughnut varieties daily. We cover all of the necessary doughnut food groups: seasonal fruits, chocolate, cheese, potato chips, cinnamon, and lemon (to name a few). Oh, and we also have carnival-style mini doughnuts!
It is so much fun working together! Our favourite part is seeing people walk in with smiles on their faces. Having the ability to chat with our customers in our open store design puts smiles on OUR faces!
In the beginning, there was a wide-eyed, ambitious young man who dreamed of wielding whisks and piping with pastry bags. Little did this young man know that his dream would unfold, in the grandest of ways!
Arlyn Sturwold began his baking apprenticeship at the age of eighteen. In the four years to follow, he was formally recognized as a red seal journeyman (a trade certification that extends throughout Canada). Arlyn’s dream soon took form when, at the age of twenty-five, he assembled all of the necessary business ingredients to launch his first bakery in Spruce Grove, Alberta (aptly named, Grove Bakery). A bit later down the road, Arlyn opened up a second bakery, on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue, called Garneau Bakery. Arlyn divided his time between Garneau Bakery and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he was a distinguished instructor of the culinary arts for four years. There was more to unfold.
In 2017, Arlyn and his daughter founded the present-day Destination Doughnuts. This father-daughter duo continues to delight in creating a doughnut haven and heaven for their beloved customers. Destination Doughnuts is an ongoing, happy tale of what a journeyman baker and flavour creator are able to accomplish, delectably!
Rick Abdelnour is a highly learned professional in the field of information and communication technology. Mr. Abdelnour lends considerable expertise in the areas of corporate governance, contract management, cybersecurity, and data privacy.
Mr. Abdelnour began his career working for a company known as American Promotional Events. Whilst under the employ of this company, Mr. Abdelnour acted as a liaison between retail giant Walmart and several non-profit groups. In this role, Mr. Abdelnour was charged with regional prospecting, contract negotiations, and strategic marketing, which collectively contributed to the planning and coordination of large-scale fundraisers.
In 1995, Mr. Abdelnour transitioned from the private sector to distinguished civil service assignments within a number of high-profile agencies. It was during his tenure with the government that Mr. Abdelnour was able to pool his knowledge and technological capacities, whilst honing his cyber skills. As a recreational pursuit, Mr. Abdelnour dabbled in online marketing services and display advertising, both of which became firmly entrenched interests of his.
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