ELLSWORTH — A local couple’s homemade donuts have become a hit in Ellsworth.
At Imago Dei Bakery, owners Oliver and Alexis Prior dedicate their mornings to making sweet potato donuts right out of their kitchen.
“I wanted to see my kids grow up and I was doing that to make money to support the home and pay for things and I was praying I asked God to provide a way,” said Oliver Prior.
So how did the idea for sweet potato donuts come to be?
“A friend, I should say, actually gave me a regular potato donut and I wasn’t very impressed by it. I figured I could make this better,” said Oliver Prior.
And that’s how Imago Dei Bakery was born. It’s now eight months old. Imago Dei in Latin means image of God.
“Our desire now is to bless other people,” said Oliver Prior.
Alexis Prior said she loves meeting new people, sharing her faith, and her love for food.
“If you have a servant’s heart, to me you get so much more love in return,” she said.
The Priors’ donut types range from Maine Cranberry Orange and Snickers to Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
Alexis Prior said she knows exactly what it means to have an autoimmune disease. That’s why on Wednesdays and Saturdays folks can go to Imago Dei Bakery and get a gluten-free vegan donut.
“It’s kinda like you make anything — it could be any food item — and you watch someone eat it and they’re like ‘this tastes so good’ and you’re like ‘score,'” said Alexis Prior.
Their sweet potato donut shop doesn’t stop there.
“Moving forward, we want to branch out and do like soups, bread, and salads, parfaits, a lot of things that would be easy for people to kind of just take with them,” said Alexis Prior.
Pregnant, she hopes to have the new cafe up and running before the baby’s due date in October.
“We’d like to be able to support other humanitarian mission-minded groups that are providing food, clothing to people,” said Oliver Prior.
The Priors said they will keep their business a nonprofit.
“We’re not trying to build a chain. We’re not trying to become millionaires but anything above and beyond that we want to pour into other organizations and not build a kingdom here on earth,” said Oliver Prior.
To get a taste of the gourmet sweet potato donuts, go to their Facebook page and place an order online through Facebook messenger.