By Nina Silberstein
Husband-and-wife team Boun and Penny Nguyen decided to open a business together because they wanted to create something special on their own terms.
High school sweethearts married since 2008, the couple opened Delicious Donuts at 12 SE Grand Ave. in 2005.
“Running Delicious Donuts has been a lot like a marriage,” Penny explained, “requiring love, commitment and hard work.”
Boun first learned how to make donuts from his brother-in-law and has been fine-tuning his technique for more than a decade.
Prior to opening the shop, Penny worked as a dental assistant for five years. The most valuable lesson she learned from that was the importance of getting to know her patients. The experience certainly translates into what she’s doing today, as Penny now runs the front counter at Delicious Donuts and enjoys connecting with her customers.
Donuts are made fresh daily, using only quality ingredients and classic pastry techniques. Best sellers include apple fritters, maple bars, old fashioned cake donuts and blueberry donuts, as well as breakfast burritos.
There are vegan versions of the cake donuts and breakfast burritos and visitors will also find eggs/omelets, breakfast sandwiches, burgers and sides, espresso drinks, fruit smoothies and teas.
Penny added that they offer, “pretty much everything for everyone.”
Daily specials include Free Donut Monday (buy one espresso drink and get one, free regular donut); Big Donut Tuesday (buy any big donut for only $2); Free Donut Wednesday (buy any breakfast item and get one, free regular donut); Two Stamp Thursday (buy one coffee/espresso drink and get two stamps on your loyalty card); 10¢ Friday (10¢ donut holes) and Combo BIG Saturday (buy one big donut and 12 oz. coffee for $4).
Small batches of donuts are made fresh each day and the shop often sells out before closing. It’s highly recommended that you call in advance to reserve your order.
The store offers catering for events such as wedding receptions and birthday parties, as well as gift cards (for in-store purchase only).
For the first nine years in business, Delicious Donuts was open seven days a week, but after the birth of their third son, Boun and Penny decided to close on Sundays to spend more time with family.
That said, their mission remains the same: to make delicious food and treat every customer like family.
12 SE Grand Avenue
Photo by Penny Nguyen