A POPULAR doughnut shop has opened a new bakery and shop in York.

Doe has been a success ever since it opened its first shop in the city in Church Street last October, but they are investing in York and have now opened a new Doe Bakehouse just outside the city walls in Layerthorpe.

Famous for its unicorn doughnuts and pink hot chocolates, owner Evie Jackson, bucked the economic downturn by moving her operation from a small unit in Harrogate into the new, larger bakery taking on four more staff.

Evie said: "I have been able to take on some very talented chefs and pastry bakers who haven't been working because of lockdown.

"At the minute there are so many people who are out of jobs and I have been very lucky to scout them out."

The new bakery and shop opened today in the former Direct Wood Flooring premises and comes with ample free customer parking on site.

The store has also been given a trademark colourful Doe interior featuring an 11 metre-long 'It's a doughnut day' mural by artist Kate Mitchinson.

On the menu customers can choose from anything from Biscoff doughnuts to a marshmallow stack doughnut.

Evie said: "We are open from 11am-7pm so people can come and see us after work and have a coffee, the later start time will also probably suit students who get up later. It's a bit different to our city centre shop which closes at 4.30pm."

Evie said they will also be selling ice-cream in the Layerthorpe shop, including vegan ice-cream.

When Evie opened in Church Street Doe shared the shop with Humpit, but Humpit are now moving out of the store and Doe is taking on the whole shop.

Evie said work is underway to turn the back of the shop in to a large cafe and make use of a previously unused courtyard garden at the rear of the property for outside seating.

Evie set up the business in Harrogate in August 2019 with her brother Shea with the aim to be as bright and garish as possible, both in the design of the shop and its products - appealing to the Instagram generation.