BJ’s Donuts in Kellyville does more than you’d think
Step through the door of an otherwise plain-looking building in the heart of Kellyville and back into a time of sock hops, classic cars, hand-crafted sodas and yes, donuts.
The first clue you’d have that this is more than a donut shop is the way their official name is produced on the sign outside the shop. In a fauz-neon lights motif it reads “BJ’s Donut Shoppe and Soda Fountain”.
Aside from lettering on the windows, the building itself looks on the outside, like it fits in perfectly with the rest of “downtown” Kellyville, giving almost nothing away to what awaits you when you step through the door.
And who knows? Maybe the inside fits right in with Kellyville as well…but a Kellyville of different era.
Jerry and Brandi Fortney started their first business on May 1st of 2014—Fortney Farm and Feed, located at 25 E Buffalo St in Kellyville. It couldn’t have started on more simpler terms.
“It came about as the result of a conversation we had one night,” Brandi told Sapulpa Times. “I asked Jerry that question, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ and he says, ‘I figure I’m about there,’ and we said we wanted to own our own business and serve the community.”
It took no time for the town of Kellyville to become acclimated to having it’s own feed store. Given that the town and surrounding populace largely deals in cattle, horses, farming and other agricultural pursuits, a proper source of supplies in closer proximity was sorely needed.
It wasn’t long before Jerry and Brandi were looking for their next opportunity. After consulting their customers and keeping an ear to the ground around other businesses, they decided a donut shop was going to be their next venture.
It happened more quickly than they anticipated. “This was a five-year plan, and it ended up being 3 1/2 years,” Brandi told us.
Opening up in September of 2017, BJ’s Donut Shoppe and Soda Fountain began selling donuts of course, but also hand-crafted sodas, hand-dipped ice cream, and quick-serve foods like sandwiches, soups, salads and chili. The store gained traction immediately, as another option for lunch, but also a solid contender for breakfast. “We have the best breakfast burritos,” Brandi says. The work at the turnpike just east of town has drawn in a lot of business, and the locals are glad to have another option for dining out without having to leave for Sapulpa or Tulsa.
The restaurant, located directly next to Fortney Farm and Feed, is already shaping up for it’s next step: in as little as two weeks, BJ’s hopes to have a proper lighted sign out front instead of the tied-down vinyl banner that welcomes those passing by now. Right after that, they’ll begin staying open later and orchestrating themed dinner evenings, such as “Tex-Mex Tuesday” or “BBQ Thursdays.” In the meantime, they’ll have plenty to draw a crowd, we’re sure.
BJ’s is located at 55 E. Buffalo Street in Kellyville, open 5:30am to 5:30pm for breakfast, lunch and early dinner.