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Tupelo Doughnuts


Tupelo Doughnuts features two trucks and a brick-and-mortar location that will soon open in Clintonville.

When you think of a donut, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a sweet treat full of calories that you might regret eating when it’s time to hit the gym. However, Columbus couple Kimberly and Michael Payne are changing that with their business Tupelo Doughnuts. 

“Tupelo Doughnuts are handmade, larger donuts made by pastry chefs with unique flavor combinations and high-end ingredients,” explains Owner Kimberly Payne. “We also sell $1 coffee and cocoa that is locally-sourced.”

Payne says she and her husband were inspired to start a donut business like Tupelo after a trip to Chicago three years ago. “We waited in line for 40 minutes for handmade doughnuts and fell in love with better produced doughnuts that are not sugar sweet with toppings, but rather culinary masterpieces.”

Besides the soon-to-open brick-and-mortar location in Clintonville, Tupelo Doughnuts also has two vintage trucks with their own names and personalities. Payne says Tup is a 1952 Silver International Harvestor that was once a milk truck. And Tilly is a 1960 Ford that was made in Texas and boasts a great Tiffany-blue color.

You can find the two trucks around town, and follow along with their schedule, to pick up donuts for yourself. Payne laughs and says that they don’t drive fast or far, but the trucks have gone as far as 30 miles. 

The trucks can be booked for special occasions and have, in the past, been booked for corporate events, graduation parties, and even weddings.

The unique recipes used by the culinary team are what help make Tupelo Doughnuts unique. Payne says it’s also their cute trucks and opening-soon space, as well as their dedication to the community that makes Tupelo Doughnuts such a great place.

Payne says to keep an eye out for the grand opening of the Clintonville location as well as events in the spring where you’ll be able to find the Tupelo Doughnuts trucks.

To learn more about Tupelo Doughnuts, visit You can also follow along on Instagram and give them a “like” on Facebook.

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