Marrio’s Donut Shop has only been open less than a week, but it already has regular customers.
Mica Marriott, owner of the shop at 95th Street and Antioch Road, said she’s “taking it all in and figuring it out” since Marrio’s (pronounced merry-oh) opened Sunday, July 1. (It’s the second donut shop to open in the Shawnee Mission area this week. Duck Donuts just opened at Ranchmart Shops June 30.)
“I am so happy to be in this neighborhood,” Marriott said. “I already have regulars in the last five days, and they’ve been so good to me…I love people; when I was in sales, everybody’s got a different story and a different spirit. We have a variety of doughnuts, and God has created a good variety of people.”
The shop, at 8930 W. 95th St., is “doughnuts-plus,” with a nearly full breakfast menu including pastries, hot meals and fresh coffee. If you’re “Glazed and Amused” with the baked goods at the shop, you can buy a $10 T-shirt with that claim.
The shop’s name is a derivative of Marriott’s last name. Her username in her former company’s database was shortened to “Marrio,” which became a running joke around the office that turned into her alter ego. Marriott actually calls herself the general manager, hiding behind the fake character named Marrio who bakes all of the doughnuts and “mysteriously leaves” before the customers arrive.
“He’s such a nice guy,” Marriott joked about her alter ego Marrio. “We kind of make up this whole story. He comes in early in the morning and then I run the place for him.”
Marriott decided to open the doughnut shop after working in the automotive industry the past 16 years. She had first learned how to work on cars at her family’s shop, Marriott Garage & Towing, in Gardner, Kan., until about five years ago, when she joined NAPA Auto Parts as a sales representative in the Olathe area, eventually taking over the sales coordinator role for the Kansas City metro area.
“When I was an outside sales rep, I would take doughnuts every Friday morning to my top accounts, and I was amazed on how busy the doughnut shops were,” Marriott said. “That always was kind of in the back of my head.”
To move up in the company, she had to be willing to move and to keep up with the “corporate rat race.” She also missed small business life from her work at her uncle’s shop (formerly her grandfather’s) in Gardner. Marriott said she’s grateful for her husband, Nathan Ward, who has been supportive in her new adventure.
“I wanted to go back to small business America,” she said, adding that she started researching the doughnut shop idea. “God kept opening doors, and I kept walking through them, and here I am, five days open. Super excited to be here.”
Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shop is at the northwest corner of the intersection of Antioch and 95th Street at 8905 W 95th St, Overland Park.