Doughnuts, spanakopita, and classic cars at Heav’nly Donuts

By Jocelyn Ruggiero, Globe correspondent, August 1, 2016

DERBY, Conn. — Like countless other stretches across the country, Route 34 here is populated with the usual retailers: Walmart, Verizon, McDonald’s, CVS. One store, however, stands out, not only because of the retro feel of the red sign proclaiming “Heav’nly Donuts,” but because its parking lot is filled with more than 100 classic cars, and the amplified sound of the Diamonds’ 1957 hit “Little Darlin’.” There, under a Persian blue awning, Anastasios (Ernie) and Efterpi (Effie) Badas gather a community just as they have every Sunday for 30 years.

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