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It's National Donut Day, as if we need an excuse. Here are some great Omaha selections
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It's National Donut Day, as if we need an excuse. Here are some great Omaha selections

As people return to offices, one thing is nearly a given: At some point, there will be doughnuts.

Workers at several Omaha bakeries noted an uptick in sales over the past few weeks as companies invited workers back to their cubicles.

“It has picked up some. It’s not quite all the way back (to pre-pandemic numbers), but it’s getting better,” said Mark Pettit, owner of Pettit’s Pastry. “Some are buying two dozen, some three or more.”

Pettit and his fellow pastry purveyors are hoping to see even higher sales as more businesses reopen to employees. They’re likely to get their wish Friday morning.

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That’s because it’s National Donut Day, created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. It’s on the first Friday of June each year.

Bakery workers predict that they will sell out of some varieties in record time. In previous years, lines have formed before the traditional near-dawn opening at some stores.

At Olsen Bake Shop in South Omaha, for example, Deb Olsen expects sweet sales on sour cream doughnuts.

“They’re gonna go quick,” she said.

Square Donut had to cut off advance orders for Friday, employee Jessie Briley said.

“One person ordered 26 dozen,” she said.

We’ll do the math for you: That’s 312 doughnuts.

Briley predicted that the staff will be slammed making pastries overnight and selling them all morning.

Here are a few places to try, and a favorite doughnut from each:

Pettit’s Pastry, 502 N. 16th St. and 311 N. 114th St. Old-school goodness with several varieties of doughnuts and pastries.

Favorite doughnut: Owner Mark Pettit is partial to the cake doughnut with chocolate frosting. Who wouldn’t be?

Olsen Bake Shop, 1708 S. 10th St. Another traditional bakery with scores of longtime fans.

Favorite doughnut: “I eat them all,” said Deb Olsen, but she admits that she’s fond of the sour cream, sold only on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you want one today, come early on what she calls “National Crazy Day.”

Bob’s Donuts, 3824 Farnam St. A trendy Blackstone District shop that also sells chicken.

Favorite doughnut: Employee Teresa Banfield likes the Boston cream pie version: “The cream inside is just delicious.”

Sunrize Donuts, 17676 Welch Plaza. The original was founded by a family in Fremont. You can learn their story at

Favorite doughnut: For employee Mikayla Paulson, it’s cinnamon crumb by a mile.

Square Donut, 15825 West Maple Road. It opened during the pandemic and quickly became popular. It just returned after a month off because of COVID-19. And, said worker Jessie Briley, it’s still crazy busy.

Favorite doughnut: Chocolate-top raised and blueberry cake. Briley couldn’t pick just one.

Which doughnut shop in Omaha is your favorite?

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