Hidden inside a strip mall in South Miami is a small bright-yellow doughnut shop named Honeybee. Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, it will officially open its doors and offer craft homemade doughnuts with love.
Founder/visionary Karen Muirhead, who left the corporate world to pursue her dream of opening a doughnut shop, says her heart was always in a different place. She describes Honeybee as a dream come true, and since its soft opening May 7, "it's been incredible," she says with tears in her eyes.
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The hole-in-the-wall spot uses decades of Muirhead's family recipes to create dozens of sweet varieties, including cream-filled ones and others topped with a petite sugar bumblebee.
Each doughnut is handcrafted in-house, with two batches made from scratch daily. Doughnuts vary in size, fillings, and toppings. Gluten-free and lower-calorie options are available too. Muirhead says maple bacon has been one of Honeybee's bestsellers so far, but since soft-opening, the shop has sold out of every flavor by about 4 p.m.
Besides traditional flavors such as glazed and double chocolate, there's also a dulce de leche version topped with fresh fruit and toasted almonds; chocolate pecan with Valrhona chocolate, Georgia pecans, and a honey glaze; and guava and cheese. Her signature "Honeybee" doughnut is on the menu too, which fuses in-house honey and caramel glaze. Plus, there are mini doughnuts, which vary in toppings and fillings.
Every doughnut uses Muirhead's personal buttermilk dough recipe, which she spent more than a year perfecting before opening Honeybee.
For those who are gluten-free, Honeybee offers a baked double-chocolate beehive and a baked banana beehive topped with powdered sugar. Though they're the same size as a regular doughnut, both are less than 100 calories.
Those interested in more than one or two doughnuts can ask for a doughnut tower, which transforms a handful of doughnuts into a beautifully decorated centerpiece or gift.
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Honeybee Doughnuts is located at 7388 Red Rd. in South Miami. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. till the doughnuts sell out. For more information, visit honeybeedoughnuts.com.