Jordynne Ropat, 26, in her new storefront — Plant Joy (5622 Wyandotte St. East), Windsor’s first vegan donut shop. Photographed June 26, 2019.
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Are Windsorites ready for donuts that don’t have any animal products? Young vegan entrepreneur Jordynne Ropat hopes so, because that’s what she’s selling at Plant Joy — her new vegan gourmet donut shop.“Delicious, fresh, and vegan!” exclaimed Ropat, 26.“I’ve had lots of people say that they can’t tell the difference. They bring these donuts to their family parties, and they don’t tell anyone they’re vegan. Nobody is the wiser.”A vegan for the past four years, Ropat started her business when she realized there were few dessert choices in the area for those who don’t eat dairy products, eggs, or anything else that comes from an animal.“I wanted high quality, organic ingredients,” Ropat said. “But I also wanted something eye-catching and Instagram-able.”
Some of the dairy-free offerings at Plant Joy (5622 Wyandotte St. East), Jordynne Ropat’s new vegan donut shop in Windsor.
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Vegan baking isn’t new for Ropat: She’s been making and selling vegan goodies under the Plant Joy name for some time, including vegan paczkis earlier this year.However, the new shop in the Riverside area is her first dedicated storefront. A grand opening celebration took place at the location last week.Ropat said the secret is in the ingredients. “I don’t use anything too complicated in my dough,” she explained. “It’s a fairly simple recipe — A yeast-based donut that happens to not have any dairy or eggs.”“I use organic flour and cane sugar.”A variety of flavours are available, and Ropat said she’s always coming up with new ones.Her current best seller is Strawberries N’ Cream — the cream consisting of vegan margarine and organic powdered sugar. “It’s super fluffy,” Ropat assured.Other flavours include Cinnamon Sugar, Old-Fashioned Glazed, Espresso Glazed, Chocolate Dip, Maple Dip, Vanilla Frosted, Raspberry Frosted, Lemon Lavender, Coconut, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.Prices range from $4 to $6 per donut.Related
Plant Joy can be found at the intersection of Wyandotte Street East and Villaire Avenue.Ropat hopes to keep up business hours five days a week.Along with walk-in customers, Plant Joy can fill special orders, from weddings to business events.While vegan food is often considered a healthy alternative, Ropat feels there’s also a market for vegan “comfort food” — treats and indulgences made with a conscience for animal friends.She’s confident that any non-vegan who takes a bite of one of her donuts will be satisfied.“You won’t be able to tell that they’re vegan,” Ropat promised.Plant Joy (5622 Wyandotte St. E.) is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 519-995-7333 for more information and to place orders. Visit www.plantjoy.ca.
A promotional image showing Jordynne Ropat of Plant Joy — Windsor’s first vegan donut shop.
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