Sweets and breakfast foods establishment joins similar stores in Mexico, Sedalia, and Warrensburg

“Good morning. Good to see you smile.”

He may have started making hundreds donuts at 1 a.m., but the owner of Yummy’s Donut Palace energetically greeted each person who came in the door with a big smile and salutation. Dalyson Sorm said the family-owned business already has locations in Mexico, Sedalia and Warrensburg, and he noticed that Hannibal didn’t have a spot to get homemade donuts. That changed as the crowds steadily came in during the first day of business Thursday, July 27.

Sorm said it took a lot of work to get everything ready, as family members and employees made sure supplies and equipment were in place in the new store. It took at least a week to make sure everything was in place. As Brandon Berry walked in with his seven-year-old son, Trevor, Sorm joked a bit.

“Are you buying your daddy a donut today?” he said.

Trevor Berry said he planned to come back soon, noting the donut balls were very good. When he pondered what he would pick the next time he stopped in, he pointed to a row of donuts topped with chocolate icing and colorful sprinkles.

Heather McGuire discovered that the store opened through Facebook, bringing her son, Preston, 6, and her daughter Maryn, 8, to the store they had been waiting patiently to see open. McGuire picked up a dozen donuts so she and her children could surprise their father, John, with some sweet treats when he arrived home that evening. She said the donuts were “nice and fresh.” Her children showed great enthusiasm about their treats.

“I love Yummy Donuts,” Preston McGuire said, taking a bite out of a cinnamon donut.

Maryn McGuire agreed with her brother, saying “the donuts are the best,” especially when they’re topped with sprinkles.

She said she felt “really happy, because now we can just drive here really fast. We’ve been waiting for it to open.”

As Sorm and fellow employees greeted each person who came in, they enjoyed seeing new faces and sharing smiles along with the homemade breakfast goodies they served. The family is looking forward to a successful future in Hannibal, and the first day was a memorable moment for everyone involved.

“I’m happy to see everybody smile, and I can smile, too,” he said.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com