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Popular Sunkist Bakery expands operations with Hamilton Boulevard store

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Kiley Ryan, 5, niece of owner Jena Reyes, eats a donut at Sunkist Bakery's 2519 Hamilton Boulevard location. Opened as a northside supplement to its longtime Morningside location in late December, the Hamilton Boulevard bakery has both indoor seating as well as a drive-thru lane for on-the-go donut fans.

SIOUX CITY -- A budding barista at age 11, Kennady Reyes knows the winning recipe for a delicious frappe.

Plenty of chocolate, plenty of whipped cream, and a few healthy shakes of edible glitter.

"Everything's better with glitter," Kennady, a Dakota Valley Elementary School fifth-grader, said.

Well, the frosted donut sitting on frappe's domed lid also makes the drink pretty enticing.

"Yeah, everything's better with donuts too," Kennady added.

Talk about burying the lead.

Sunkist Bakery, which is now owned by Kennady's parents, Rick and Jena Reyes, has been making donuts, cakes, cookies, rolls, buns and pizza dough from its 4607 Morningside Ave. location for more than 80 years.

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Owner Jena Reyes, left, and manager Karlee Satterwhite display trays of pastries at Sunkist Bakery's new Hamilton Boulevard location.

The locally-owned bakery added a 2519 Hamilton Blvd. location in December.

"When we bought Sunkist a few years ago, we knew we wanted to eventually expand," Jena Reyes said inside the Hamilton Boulevard store. "Once this spot went on the market, we knew it was perfect for us."

Unlike the Morningside bakery, buns and breads aren't currently made at the Hamilton location. However, pretty much everything else is.

"If we don't have it here, we can get it from the other store," Karlee Satterwhite explained. "That's no problem at all."

One of the innovations at the Hamilton bakery is its drive-through window as well as an expanding selection of coffees, lattes, cappuccino, smoothies and energy drinks.

However, both locations adhere to a no-peanut policy, which was put into place because Kennady Reyes is allergic to the stuff.

"In place of peanuts, we use (the hazelnut-based spread) Nutella, which actually tastes even better," her mom said.

Jena Reyes ought to know. She and Satterwhite love to experiment with flavor combinations.

Sunkist Bakery Hamilton Boulevard

Kennady Reyes, 11, daughter of owner Jena Reyes, holds a chocolate frappe served with a donut at Sunkist Bakery's 2519 Hamilton Boulevard location. In addition to a full selection of baked goods, Sunkist Bakery is also expanding its menu to include frappes, lattes, smoothies and specialty coffees. 

"Even the most unusual flavors work well in baked goods," Satterwhite, who loves anything with chocolate or coconut, explained.  

"Donuts represent a blank canvas," Jena Reyes, a traditionalist who enjoys cream-filled long johns, said. "So are cookies."

Indeed, many customers have been raving about the new bakery's elaborately-decorated baked goods.

"People ask why the Morningside location doesn't have such pretty pastries," Jena Reyes said. "Well, actually, they do. They just sell out in a hurry."

"Since we're just starting out in our location, our fancy donuts and bismarks aren't scooped up right away,"Satterwhite said. "You don't have to be here as soon as we open the doors."

Despite that, business has been increasing every day.

"We have big plans for the Hamilton store," Jena Reyes said. "This spring, we plan to offer outdoor seating and, eventually, we want to offer do-it-yourself cake or cookie decorating classes for kids and their families."

Sunkist Bakery Hamilton Boulevard

Owned by Rick and Jena Reyes, Sunkist Bakery opened a second location at 2519 Hamilton Blvd. in late December. The 4607 Morningside Ave. location has been attracting a dedicated following since it opened more than 80 years ago.

Luckily, Kennady Reyes is already a pro at decorating pastries.

"I like frosting that has lots of pink and red swirls," she said. "I like donuts with cereal and sprinkles on top. Plus there has to be glitter."

"Everything looks better with glitter," Kennady added with a knowing smile.  

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