There have been several recent reports in Muskegon that children are skipping Saturday morning cartoons in favor of another activity. A local father recently reported that his two young sons woke from a deep weekend slumber, thumbed their noses up at Saturday morning cartoons, got themselves dressed and whispered into his still sleeping ear, ”Daddy, can we go to the Donut Shop?” Only one suspect could be the source of such influence…donuts from Goober’s Bakery in Muskegon.
This month, Goober’s Bakery will celebrate 20 years of making local residents giddy with delectable donuts and fine baked goods. Owner and operator Gary “Goober” Vanderstelt found a passion for baking early in his life, pursued it, mastered it and has pleased the local community for decades. According to family sources, the name “Goober” stuck when Gary’s son was born and closely resembled a little peanut. The proud father of a peanut can only be labeled a “Goober” and the name quickly stuck.
Gary has recruited a loving cast of characters, including many family members to help run the shop — each part of a tradition that transcends just another marquee that reads, “Donut Shop.” They consistently call their customers by their names, have patience with children that can’t decide between delicious or delectable and ask, “How are you today” and really mean it.
You will appreciate the respect you receive from the staff and donuts so finely molded, you can taste the passion, pride and love with which they are made, in every bite. They are mindful to support Michigan vendors, purchasing sugar from Bay City, fresh milk from New Era and bran from Lowell. A jaunt to this palace of perfection will remind you that goodness has a name, and its name is Goober Donuts. Whether you’re a local that is rediscovering Goobers or coming into Muskegon to enjoy the area, do yourself a favor and investigate the source of all of the rumors.
4165 Grand Haven Rd
Special thanks to Lori for her insight into the Vanderstelt family and the tradition of Goobers.