What does it take to be Bowling Green's largest employer?
The answer is 300 dozen doughnuts, sold from Marshall, Ill., to Plainfield, Ind., and as far south as Vincennes, Ind., said Rusty Coley, owner of the Doughnut Factory on S.R. 46 in Bowling Green.
Rusty and his wife, Donna, prepare the treats each day in the large kitchen behind the retail area on the north side of S.R. 46.
Each evening, high school students are paid to pack the doughnuts that are delivered by three routes.
The Coleys opened the business in February.
The doughnut factory is just one of three new businesses in Bowling Green.
Also downtown is Mike Williamson's General Store and Hardware. It, too, is on the north side of S.R. 46 and carries just about anything a homeowner or renter would need.
The General Store had its grand opening April 16 and Jill Muns waits on customers when Williamson isn't in.
When asked about business in Bowling Green, Muns said, "It's not bad. I would like for it to be a little better. It's nice to be able to take care of people in surrounding towns. We really needed a hardware store."
Williamson also operates an antique store next to the general store.
While three new stores may not seem like a lot, just one or two businesses can make or break small towns. It's obvious the business owners make a difference for good in Bowling Green.
6 Points Trading Post opened Jan. 2 about a mile east of downtown Bowling Green. It is a convenience store where passers-by can find about anything they would want.
Brent Weber owns the business and it is operated by his wife, Jeannie.