What started as a bit of a joke in the Connolly family has quickly become the beginnings of a brilliant new business—an honest to goodness family business, at that.
After a 1977 Calgary Stampede tailgate bus they bought in PEI failed them (it looked good, but needed work), eleventh grader Noah Connolly and his dad made a grand road trip to Ontario to retrieve the bus that would eventually become the home base for Ol' School Donuts. Rejoice street-food-following, it’s a doughnut mobile.
“We drove the bus back and had to stop every two hours because of the transmission,” says Noah of the now beautified vehicle. His family hand-painted it an unmissable shade of red with rollers in their driveway in Cole Harbour, borrowing the "Ol' School" name from that first tailgate bus. Still in the planning stages of their doughnut bus, Noah says Ol' School Donuts will likely hit special events mostly (because, he is still a student at Dartmouth High) serving traditional flavours (think sugared and glazed), seasonal specialties and Maritime-inspired options (like Oak Island Treasure and Halifax Explosion, which he’s keeping mysterious for now) made right onboard. The Connollys also hope to link up with local charities eventually, a family full of student athletes Noah says, "We've been asking people for money for years and want to finally give back."
This big (and really great) idea seems like a lot to take on in your spare time but with the help of his siblings Greg, Joseph and Haley, the balancing act of business and study doesn’t phase Noah. “We’re working on the bus on the weekends and I’m taking entrepreneurship classes at school,” he says. “It’s all tied together, really.”
Keep your eyes and watering mouths on @olschooldonuts for updates.