Making the Donuts
Plainfield Jack’s Donuts Owners Talk Passion For the Community
Writer / Jamie Hergott
Jack’s Donuts in Plainfield is more than just your average donut shop.
This location not only offers a drive-through but a wide variety of freshly made donuts each day as well as flavored coffee.
“We aren’t just donuts,” says co-owner, Chris Hummel. “You can get any specialty drink here that you can get at Starbucks: mochas, lattes, smoothies, frappuccinos and more. We have different flavors of drip coffee. And there are 32 types of donuts in our case every day.”
The franchise is one of three in Hendricks County and is owned by couples Samantha and Scott Quinn and Alicia and Chris Hummel. The couples are good friends and enjoy running their business together.
“We have similar tastes, thoughts and ideas,” Alicia says. “So we work really well together.”
The couples became friends when Alicia and Samantha met at a Moms Group at St. Susanna Catholic Church in Plainfield when their kids were young. Samantha and Scott have a restaurant background and own four Jimmy John’s locations in Hendricks County. Alicia and Chris own a telecommunications company and have a background in business. They also have a family member who is part owner of Jack’s Donuts in Avon. Both couples were looking for a business to own in Plainfield, and Jack’s Donuts was the perfect fit.
If there isn’t anything in their expansive case that suits someone’s fancy, the couples are more than happy to try new things.
“We are open to doing anything custom,” Alicia says. “If someone has a hankering for something in our case, we love to try and do different things.”
Aside from donuts and coffee, Jack’s Donuts offers catering and even delivery services for orders over $50. Just recently, they filled an order for 60 dozen donuts for a Mardi Gras Celebration.
“We can do nearly anything anyone wants,” Chris says. “We do birthdays, weddings, graduations and even a lot of catering for warehouses and distribution centers. We can do cakes, fillings and toppings per request.”
The couples take a lot of pride in their Plainfield community. Chris and Scott both attended Plainfield schools, and Alicia is a teacher at Plainfield High School.
Jack’s Donuts of Plainfield partners with Art on Main Gallery and Gifts, allowing the shop to display art. Jack’s also hosted a Donut to Canvas class with Art on Main in April. In May, Jack’s will partner with uPaint Pottery Studio for a painting party right in the donut shop where patrons can have donuts while painting a donut plate. Other community organizations that Jack’s Donuts of Plainfield supports are Sheltering Wings, Morgan County Food Rescue, Men In Action Read, and Coffee With Our Cop at Plainfield High School. Jack’s sponsors local sports teams in basketball, football, baseball, swimming and band and will also be one of the main sponsors at the No Luck Run on St. Patrick’s Day in Plainfield.
Another fun twist to the store is they recognize as many national days as they can, including National Oreo Day, National Chocolate Day and, of course, National Glaze Donut Day.
For those who can’t get enough coffee, Jack’s offers Yeti-style coffee mugs. Once a mug is purchased, coffee refills are only $1 whenever the mug is brought back into the store. And don’t forget about Happy Hour. From 2 to 5 p.m. each day, specialty drinks are half off and a dozen donuts are only $10. Customers can also make preorders over the phone, then swing in the drive-through to pick up their order.
As busy as they are, the couples remain good friends and have sworn not to let business ownership ruin their friendship.
“Our philosophy as a group is whatever is best for Jack’s,” Alicia says.
To stay up to date on Jack’s Donuts of Plainfield, you can visit their Facebook page.