Chester Gap column for Sept. 25

Naughty Girls Donut Shop

There is a new donut shop in Front Royal. Naughty Girls Donut Shop, the brainchild of 17-year-old Tiana Ramos and her mom Natalie, has been open for two months at the Riverton Commons near Walmart.

Tia started baking at the age of 5 and credits her mom with the creativity in the recipes. Natalie Ramos encouraged her daughter to take chances, experiment and to never say that you can’t do something. By the age of 10, Tia knew she wanted to own her own business.

Six years later, Naughty Girls Donuts was born. Tia says customers have traveled from as far away as Connecticut, Tennessee and Las Vegas in the past few weeks to sample her creations. (Donut flavors include Waken-Bacon, Give-Me-Smores, Brownies-N-Bits and Sour Patch Kids just to name a few. They also have a lunch menu that includes paninis and fried chicken.)

It hasn’t always been easy since opening their doors. In only the first week, someone pulled up in front of the shop and threw garbage at the front door. Tia says the shop has received threats and been the subject of rumored boycotts. People have also made derogatory comments about the shop on Facebook.

The reason? The shop’s name. Tia said she and her mom came up with the name because of Tia’s love of rockabilly, tattoos, ripped jeans and T-shirts, and also because if you have one of their donuts you may be going off your diet and being “naughty.”

Tia said that the work hours have been much more than she first imagined and her schoolwork has been impacted. Recently she had to work 48 hours straight just to keep from selling out of all of her product. She has decided to homeschool her senior year in order to complete her studies so she can graduate with her class.

Despite everything that she and her family have had to contend with since opening the business, Tia remains thankful for all that she has been able to accomplish in a short amount of time. As for the future, she hopes to be able to take advantage of recent offers to franchise the business. Regardless of what the future holds, the food at Naughty Girls Donuts is worth the drive over the bridges.

Fire hall open house

Don’t forget the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department open house is 10 to 2 p.m. this Saturday (Sept. 27). The activities (for children and adults) include a moon bounce, face painting and games like “whack the car.” Raffle prizes include a one-hour massage, wine tastings at Rappahannock Cellars and Chester Gap Cellars and a gift card to Naughty Girl Donuts. The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand with information about the D.A.R.E Program and George and Linda Gavis, representing the Masons, will be conducting a Child ID program.

At noon, the volunteers will be having a “cut-up car demonstration” and at 1:30 the gun raffle takes place. Tickets are $5 and are still available at the open house. I will also be attending with my dog Zoey. So stop by, support the CGVFD, enjoy the activities and free food, and while you are there, share with me some of your ideas for future articles. Looking forward to seeing you!