Chantha Kaing of Rainbow Donuts
PH: Are you the owner?
CK: No…I work for my niece.
PH: This is a family owned business?
CK: Yes ma’am.
PH: How long have you been in York?
CK: Two years. (The business has been opened two years, and Chantha has been in York two years.)
Chantha continues… We’re from California. We came here to be with family…. My niece is not from California. My niece is from here.
PH: What is one of the differences between living in California and living in York?
CK: Here is kind of different. California is more noisy, a lot of people, it’s busy. And here it’s just, it’s not really…. It’s more quiet here, and I like it because there’s no traffic, and I go everywhere, I don’t have to get online. And I come for the people, so.. (she prefers York!)
Everything here is cheaper. California is so expensive. (Customer jumps in to agree. She had moved here from Maine!)
PH: Tell me about the shop. Who makes the donuts?
CK: The baker, My husband. My husband makes the donuts.
PH: Someone told me he gets up at 3am and comes in to make the donuts. Is that true?
CK: Oh My. He almost spends the whole night here. He comes to prepare because it’s a small business and he makes them from scratch. He works nighttime, and I come in the morning.
PH: You’re famous for your donuts. I remember when you first came, we were all so excited for a DONUT SHOP!! What’s your favorite donut?
CK: I like the Apple Fritters. (She smiles. Y’all, the apple fritters are everybody’s favorite. They’re ridiculously delicious.)
PH: And what’s your favorite lunch item?
CK: We have American food. We have the paninis. And hamburgers and hotdogs. And we have the Chinese food. My favorite is the panini. Any of them.
I must say, after the interview, I took a bit of lunch home to try out the paninis. Between the roast beef panini and the grilled cheese and bacon panini, my family couldn’t complain. In fact we are quickly becoming regulars!
602 West Liberty Street
York, SC 29745