Original House of Donuts official downtown Tacoma grand opening celebration Nov. 28

Original House of Donuts will officially celebrate its grand opening in downtown Tacoma this weekend.

The Lakewood-based donut shop was opened in 1959 by husband-and-wife owners Bob and Marilyn Cheatham, who ran the business for 50 years. The business (including the secret recipes for donuts) was sold to Tacoma native Tom Peterson a few years ago.

“We’re just an extension of grandma’s kitchen — where grandma used to make donuts from scratch,” Peterson told the Tacoma Daily Index when the new store, located at 766 St. Helens Ave., opened to the public in July (see “Original House of Donuts opens in downtown Tacoma,” Tacoma Daily Index, July 8, 2015; and “Tacoma Daily Index Top Stories — July 2015,” Tacoma Daily Index, Aug. 3, 2015). “We make the frostings. We make limited quantities. We just make good old-fashioned donuts by hand. We kind of call our donuts the working man’s donuts. We just make a great donut for a good price.”

Last December, the Tacoma Daily Index reported the Original House of Donuts was expected to open in a storefront located near the intersections of South 9th Street, St. Helens Avenue, and Broadway (see “A sweet sign for downtown Tacoma donut lovers,” Tacoma Daily Index, Dec. 9, 2014; and “Original House of Donuts hiring for new downtown Tacoma store,” Tacoma Daily Index, May 12, 2015; and “Tacoma Daily Index Top Stories — May 2015,” Tacoma Daily Index, June 1, 2015). The shop is across the street from Tully’s Coffee and the Pantages Theater, and near Tacoma City Hall. The space was previously occupied by the Downtown Vision Center.

The grand opening celebration event will be held on Sat., Nov. 28, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visitors may enjoy free donuts, coffee, and cocoa. More information is available online here.


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Todd Matthews is editor of the Tacoma Daily Index, an award-winning journalist, and the author of several books. His journalism is collected online at wahmee.com.