Washington — Ahead of the State of the Union, former Clare police officer Greg “Ryno” Rynearson drove from Michigan to Washington to deliver a couple batches of cookies from his bakery to Capitol Hill, including a “combover” cookie.
What’s that? The “combover” is a vanilla treat decorated with straw-yellow icing in the style of the president’s coif.
“Some people may think that’s Donald Trump’s hair, and it may be,” said Rynearson, who is attending the speech as a guest of his congressman, Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland.
Moolenaar said he invited Rynearson because his business is a success story in helping to revitalize downtown Clare.
“And I’m a satisfied customer. I love their food,” the congressman said with a laugh.
Rynearson started the Cops & Doughnuts bakery and doughnut shop in Clare with the other cops in his department in 2009, and they have since bought several other bakeries in Michigan.
“We were fortunate to have a good gimmick and a good product,” Rynearson said.
“We took a business from less than $100k a year to in our eighth year we did $4.8 million. That’s quite a difference. That’s pretty good for small-town America, I think.”
The bakery has benefited from tour buses that have made the shop a destination, traveling from other states around the country, he said.
He said Trump has been a business-friendly president in his first year in office, praising the tax bill that allows the owners of pass-through entities will cut 20 percent off their earnings before paying taxes on it.
“That 20-percent savings on the net for the business is huge for us,” Rynearson said.
“We can’t give out big raises like the big companies and such, but the first of the year Michigan’s minimum wage went up. So we felt we should give all our employees the same thing,” he added.
With the savings, the owners gave every employee at Cops and Doughnuts the same percentage raise, whether they were entry-level or long-time workers, Rynearson said.