By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Editor’s Note: This story is part of a periodic series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or more.
Local owners of Daylight Donuts, Thane and Sandy Floyd have invested 20 years of kneading, rolling, frying and frosting in order to provide a product that sells itself because of its mouthwatering reputation.
With varying flavors, the sweet bread known as the donut is eaten across the world from India to Indiana, according to The Donut Book by Sally Levitt Steinberg.
Thane’s parents opened the first Daylight Donuts in New Mexico in 1979.
Thane worked in the Los Alamos restaurant when he was a sophomore in high school and after graduation with the hopes of someday opening his own establishment
On September 1983, Thane followed in his parent’s footsteps opening his own business, Daylight Donuts and The Sub Factory. It is now known just as Daylight Donuts.
Six months later, he married Sandy, his high school sweetheart.
“I never thought I’d be in the donut business or in management,” said Sandy. “I always thought I would be a school teacher but now that I’ve grown up, I find this is something that I’m suited for.”
Thane arrives at the store to make fresh donuts at 1 a.m. every day six days a week.
Thane estimates that he produces 347,000 donuts and rolls per year. The best-selling donuts are fritter and glazed donuts, but Sandy said that donut holes and donuts with sprinkles are popular with children.
They periodically donate their leftovers to nonprofit organizations.
The Floyds have overcome a variety of obstacles within their business from a roof leaking water into their fryer, clogged drains, fires, being broken into three times, health issues and employee conflicts. The team of four employees, including the Floyds, manages to maintain its composure regardless of their circumstances.
“It doesn’t stress us out like it used to when we first started,” said Sandy. “But Thane’s commitment and discipline to wake up and make the donuts is the backbone of this business.”
Some of the highlights of their career is serving widely known people such as the rock band Krokus and actor Neil Patrick Harris.
For the past 18 years, customer Matt Hillsman, a curator for the Blackwater Draw Museum, said he enjoys having tea and a cinnamon roll at Daylight Donuts.
“I spend time with my friends, read the paper and catch up on daily events while I’m there,” he said. “I keep coming back because of the pleasantry of the shop and those who I associate with.”