4 Richmond donut shops to celebrate National Donut Day
Friday, June 2nd is National Donut Day, and to celebrate, Elephant has compiled a list of our favorite Richmond donut shops. Over the past several years, notable donut shops have been popping up all over Richmond. Whether you prefer a Bacon Maple donut or a classic glazed donut, there’s something for every donut-lover in the river city.
Sugar Shack Donuts
Locations: 1001 N Lombardy Street and 1501 N. Parham Road
Around since 2013, Sugar Shack Donuts has become a staple of Richmond. Ian Kelley, founder and CEO, emphasizes the value of strong community ties – having each location individually owned and operated to ensure direct involvement within the neighboring communities. Sugar Shack Donuts also gets the majority of its products from local farmers and shops, so you know you’re getting a true Richmond donut.
Each donut is uniquely hand cut and rolled into small batches – giving you one of the freshest donuts available, and by not using automated baking systems, that many of the major chains use, you’ll be sure to find fresh donuts there all day long. Several crowd favorites include the “Bacon Maple Donut,” the “Tastes like a Samoa,” and the “Cinnamon Sugar.” Sugar Shack Donuts is opened from 6:30am – 9pm all week long at their Parham Road location, and opened 6:30am – 9pm Monday through Saturday and 8am – 6pm on Sundays at their Lombardy Street location.
Locations: The Shops at Willow Lawn – 1601 Willow Lawn Drive & West Broad Village – 2437 Old Brick Rd
Originating in Duck, N.C., Duck Donuts is a fan favorite of beach locals and tourists alike. After expanding into other locations throughout the Outer Banks – including Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Corolla, founders Russell A. DiGilio and Robert Griffith soon added more locations in North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia. On December 15th, 2014, Duck Donuts opened their Richmond location, and the rest, they say, is history.
Offering a unique made-to-order process for customers, Duck Donuts allows you to choose from a variety of fresh-made cake donuts, glazes, and toppings—the possible donut combinations are endless! With toppings like chopped bacon and shredded coconut, and glazes like maple peanut butter icing and strawberry icing, there is something for everyone at Duck Donuts. This family-favorite shop is open 6:00am – 7:00pm on Sunday through Wednesday and 6:00am – 9:00pm on Thursday through Saturday.
Mrs. Yoder’s Donuts
Locations: Varies, check out their Facebook page for the most up to date locations!
Mrs. Yoder’s Donuts is a family-run business that operates out of their food truck which travels around Richmond and the surrounding areas. The Yoder family offers a unique spin on donuts: sourdough. Using their own family recipe, Jay and Judy Yoder – along with their five children – steer clear of using commercial instant mix that many of the large corporate shops use. The family offers one flavor: classic glaze, and since they are hand made every morning, they often come in large, unique sizes as well.
Mrs. Yoder’s Donuts truck typically go to three main locations: Forest Hill Park, The Great Big Greenhouse (located in the Huguenot Village Shopping Center), and the Westbury Shopping Center – and between these locations, the family often sells more than 4,000 donuts in one week. The family will also often set up shop on Saturdays at the South of the James Market – but you better get there early, on some days they’ll sell well over 2,500 donuts alone!
Country Style Donuts
Locations: 4300 Williamsburg Rd & 8900 W. Broad St.
Country Style Donuts is opened 24/7 – and that’s music to our ears. A family-run and owned operation, CSD has been a stable of Richmond’s East End for decades and recently has expanded the love to the West End with their second location on Broad Street.
Described as a classic donut joint by Richmonders, Country Style Donuts offers all the classic flavors, including glaze, chocolate, and sprinkles.