Mr. Bob’s Do-Nuts is not only Marion’s favorite place for doughnuts, apple uglys and other sweet treats. It is also Marion’s Small Business of the Year for 2017.

The Marion Business Association announced the recipient of this prestigious award at its annual meeting Wednesday morning. Some of the previous recipients include Spencer’s Hardware, Blue Ridge Chiropractic Clinic, Phillips Financial Group and The McDowell News.

“Mr. Bob has made Marion a sweeter place!” reads the announcement from the MBA.

Bob Masiello opened Mr. Bob’s Do-Nuts on Oct. 21, 2014 in the small building at 60 S. Main St. between MACA and Bill Griffith Jewelers.

At 60 S. Main St., Masiello serves up delicious doughnuts, cinnamon buns, Danishes, cannoli, bagels and cream cheese. Customers can also enjoy a cup of hot coffee with their treats, all of which is made fresh every morning.

In no time, Mr. Bob’s Do-Nuts proved to be a big hit in downtown Marion. Masiello’s doughnuts, pastries and bagels are quickly scooped up by hungry patrons. His apple ugly has received national recognition and readers of The McDowell News have named his place the Best Bakery in McDowell.

The first year, Mr. Bob’s won first place in Food Network Magazine’s Apple Ugly Online Beauty Contest.

Many would agree that Mr. Bob’s has also made Marion a more exciting place too.

In May 2016, Masiello sponsored the inaugural Carolina Donut Festival, 5K Donut Dash, Donut Pageant and Donut Eating Contest. It proved to be a big success for Marion.

In January of this year, he opened his second location in Old Fort, Mr. Bob’s No. 2. His wife Bernice Masiello operates that one.

The second Carolina Donut Festival, which was held last month, added Bob to Bob’s Half Marathon, probably the first ever run from Old Fort to Marion, according to the MBA.

The proceeds from the festival benefit the McDowell County School System.

And for the past two years Mr. Bob’s Do-Nuts has created a 10-foot doughnut for the New Year’s Eve celebration and gold nugget drop. He also serves on the New Year’s Eve celebration committee.

In response, Masiello said this was an unexpected honor and he couldn’t have done it without the support of his family and staff.

In addition to Mr. Bob’s being honored, the MBA recognized others during the annual breakfast meeting.

The 2017-2018 MBA officers are Tracy Cotton (president), Chris Allison (vice president), Mike Rabb (treasurer) and Beth Davis (immediate past president).

The 2017-2018 members of the MBA board of directors are Wes Shelly, Barbara Brown, Samantha Allison, Steve Bush, Chris Allison, Michael Hollifield, Rachel Withrow, Nancy Spencer, Tiffany Coates, Tracy Cotton, Mackenzie Holland, Beth Davis, Lindsey Johnson, Mike Rabb, Sadie Simpson, Paula Aldridge and Boyd Phillips.