PHOTO: Tammy and Mark Mogul pose inside their Airstream trailer on Friday, April 6, the first day of business in their new location. / Photo by Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
In a vacant parking lot behind French’s Shoes and Boots at 3rd and 5th Avenue, a sleek silver Airstream is parked and open for business, serving up tiny donuts by the dozen.
Tiny Little Donuts owners Mark and Tammy Mogul stumbled across Franklin almost by accident.
From Kiawah Island, South Carolina, the couple traveled to Nashville, looking for a possible place to move on the way to visit Tammy’s daughter in Memphis.
On her daughter’s recommendation, the couple stopped in “this cute little town.”
They never made it to Nashville, Tammy said, falling in love with Franklin during their first lunch at 55 South on Main Street.
After previous lives, he as a tennis player and instructor and she as a health coach, the recently married couple wanted a new challenge.
“We just wanted to have a balance in life,” he said.
The business model is low stress, and they both enjoy meeting new customers.
They began serving donuts in Grassland in February, opening at their current location on April 6.
Of the choice to begin a business in the trailer, Mark said the Americana appeal seemed to fit well in Franklin.
“It’s an American icon,” he said of the Airstream. And, “everybody loves donuts!”
It was important to them to source their products locally. The Moguls serve Frothy Monkey coffee, purchased spices from the Savory Spice Shop, and have decorated the trailer using items from Twine Graphics and White’s Mercantile.
Though the Airstream trailer they operate out of allows for mobility, the Moguls plan on staying in their current location, next to Bicentennial Park, for their year-long lease.
“We’re incredibly blessed to be here,” Tammy said. “We came here looking for a place for the business, and we found a home.”