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Indies Only: Donut Shop the Culmination of Longtime Dream

Chris McClimans has been waiting 20 years for the right opportunity, and she's finally got her chance.

At 5:30 a.m. Friday, Chris McClimans began living her dream.

That's when McClimans opened My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe at 25 S. Madison St., alongside her sister, Betsy Kammerer, the shop’s manager.

“This location is the perfect spot for what I’d envisioned. If I couldn’t open the shop here, I wouldn’t do it. My desire was to be downtown – it has a great history,” McClimans said. “We plan to be part of all downtown events.”

McClimans said she’s wanted to open a donut shop for 20 years.

“I just like a good donut and I enjoy making them,” she said.

McClimans and Kammerer have prior experience working together in a bakery. McClimans said they work well together.

“It’s my passion, and I’m the laborer,” said McClimans. “Betsy will keep me calm, handle the money and has creative marketing ideas.”

McClimans and Kammerer were born and raised in Oswego, graduating from . McClimans worked for the the past 10 years, quitting to open her donut shop, she said.

The shop will sell a traditional variety of donuts along with cinnamon rolls, danishes and other pastries.

“Down the road we may expand a bit, but for now I want to do one thing well – to offer fresh made donuts and good coffee,” McClimans said.

McClimans partnered with River City Roasters in Yorkville to offer their fresh roasted coffee to her customers. McClimans said she’s happy to support another local small business owner.

Jill Nichols’ friendship with McClimans dates back at least 15 years. McClimans has wanted to open a donut shop ever since she's known her, Nichols said.

“I think it will be a great partnership. The donuts are delicious and both Chris and Betsy have great ideas and are enthusiastic and creative,” Nichols said.

The current plan is to be open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The shop will accommodate special orders on Sundays and be closed on Mondays. Delivery is available. This plan is flexible and hours will be adjusted to accommodate interest, McClimans said.

“This is a dream fulfilled,” McClimans said. “That’s how I feel about opening my donut shop.”

My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe is located at 25 S. Madison St., across the street from the . For more information, call 331-203-2736 or visit their Facebook page.

Evelyn Santiago February 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Congratulations on achieving your dream. I will see you Tuesday to try your doughnuts and coffee!
Michele Cook February 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Good luck!
Chrissy Stadel Schultz February 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Congrats Chris! We will be in soon!
Rick Jacobsen February 12, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I am so excited for these two. The donuts are to die for. It was an awsome sight to see the shop still busy at 11:30 am. on the first day they were open. Its easy to support small business when they have a great product. If you havent been there yet I urge you to check them out. Make sure to try the cinnamon rolls!
Terry Friedman February 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Congratulations on the new donut shop in Oswego! Looking forward to many chocolate donuts!!!!
Jane Enviere February 12, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Best wishes! : )
Judy Siedlecki February 12, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Chris, "Your donuts are soooo good!". We always try to be one of the first to support our local independently owned businesses, so I was glad to see how well you were doing on your very first day of business! You go girls!
Jill Wulff February 12, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Chris & Betsy: I am so excited for the both of you! What a GREAT adventure you are going to have, and Oswego is so lucky to have your wonderful donut shop! Good Luck!
Nancy Nelson February 13, 2012 at 02:09 PM
My hubby was one of their first customers on the first day they were open. He has already been a repeat customer. The donuts are delicious!!!
Kbell February 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Not being open on Sunday's is not the best idea. Most people go out for breakfast on the week-ends. Good Luck though can't wait to try it.
CAB February 23, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I went today and this place is cute and the donuts are yummy. I walked out with coffee and a dozen donuts. The tiger tail and chocolate donuts are delicious. So happy the sisters are in Oswego.
ScottC February 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I stopped by the shop yesterday morning (Sunday), not realizing that they are not open on that day. They may want to rethink that, since four other cars pulled in after I did. Especially, when the Farmers Market operates on Sundays during the Summer. Looking forward to giving them a try soon.
CAB March 05, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Please consider opening on Sunday?

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