Pottsgrove school director Bill Parker (inset) and Independence holiday treats on display Saturday at his Paradise Donut shop Facebook page
SANATOGA PA – An opportunity to return to working with troubled youths, and simultaneously rid himself of exceedingly early rise-and-shine hours, has prompted Sanatoga village merchant Bill Parker to announced that, effective July 8 (Saturday), his Paradise Donuts franchise store at 2170 E. High St. will close its doors.
Parker, who also is a member of the Pottsgrove School District Board of School Directors, said he has accepted a position as a school-based counselor, offering guidance to students. He’s looking forward to a chance to return to somewhat normal hours that let him spend more time with family, he said.
It’s also work with which he’s well-familiar. Parker hold a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Immaculata University, and served for years as vice president of New Life Youth and Family Services in Schwenksville, as principal at KidsPeace in Orefield PA, and as a guidance counselor in the Owen J. Roberts School District.
Depending on projected sales, Parker was known to rise as early as 2 a.m. daily, six days a week, to make his shop’s products.
Parker pledged he would continue in his role on the Pottsgrove board, “to keep taxes down and academic rigor up.” He’s got other community involvement projects in mind too, he added.
Through July 8, though, the best Paradise Donuts he can whip up daily (they’re made fresh every night, and created by hand rather than by machine) will be available for hungry customers. They can expect to find old favorites beyond the basic icings, such as chocolate and strawberry made with real strawberries, as well as maple bacon, and chocolate-iced peanut butter banana.
After that it’s a matter of closing shop and putting the five-star-rated franchise store, which was the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, up for sale. Enterprising buyers get on-site training and support, and, Parker added, a special bonus: “the pleasure of working in the best community ever.”
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