Vegan Shop ‘Cloudy Donuts’ Coming to Federal Hill

| June 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Vegan shop Cloudy Donuts will open this fall at 1049 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. The retail space was mostly recently a CBD shop.

Cloudy Donuts is owned by Home Maid Owner Derrick Faulcon and has another location in Hamilton-Lauraville. Faulcon started Cloudy Donuts in January 2020 after buying the business Donut Alliance. He opened Home Maid, which is not a vegan restaurant, in Federal Hill in 2016 and has been selling the donuts at the restaurant.

“We have Home Maid in Federal Hill, so it only made sense to bring our donut shop there as well,” said Zewiditu Ruffin, partnerships director of Cloudy Donuts.

Ruffin also said that Faulcon, who is African American, believes it’s important to open Black-owned businesses in affluent neighborhoods. She noted this creates exposure to African American culture, as well as brings African American clientele to these communities.

Cloudy Donuts is also planning a location in Fells Point and Brooklyn Heights, NY, and will be launching a food truck.

Faulcon, who owns the mixed-use building at 1049 S. Charles St., is currently working on setting up the donut shop in the first-floor retail space. The donuts will be made at the company’s kitchen in Hamilton-Lauraville and brought down to Federal Hill.

The donuts do not include any dairy or by-products. Ruffin said dairy is replaced in the dough with apple sauce, noting the name Cloudy was chosen because the donuts are “light and airy like a cloud.”

Cloudy Donuts sells 40 different flavors of donuts. Popular options include Cookies n Cream, Raspberry Rosé, and Snoop Doggy Donuts for dogs.

Ruffin said the majority of Cloudy Donuts’ customers are not vegans, but that the donuts provide a great option for vegans and people with dairy allergies.

Cloudy Donuts will just sell donuts and be carry-out only. It will be open Saturdays and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

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