It appears all the vegan doughnut makers turned away by Pip’s Original Doughnuts last year now have new job prospects. Doe Donuts hung up its open sign on May 7 at 8201 SE Powell Blvd., and within four hours, it had sold out of 1000 doughnuts. Portland’s first vegan-dedicated doughnut shop clearly had to step up production, with flavors like powdered matcha and the signature Golden Child, featuring ganache and ornately topped with chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, and gold pearls. But also because this is Portland, where anything involving veganism and fried dough will assuredly attract lines.
With prices ranging from $2.75 to $4, Doe Donuts sits closer to the gourmet side of the doughnut world. According to the website, the entirely animal-free shop uses Organic, Fair Trade, and Non GMO ingredients when possible, and it also works with many local food artisans, from Eugene's Glory Bee, to Townshend's Dr. Brew Kombucha and Stumptown Coffee.
Carly Sitner and Crystal Wegener own Doe Donut, and the partners met while working at an organic grocer, which is actually where Sitner made her first doughnuts as a way of attracting more customers. What started two years ago as two doughnut flavors served on Sundays only is today Doe Donuts.
Sitner and Wegener come with experience, too. Sitner has been baking for more than 13 years in locations across the U.S. — from restaurants to wholesale. An Oregon native, Wegener graduated from culinary school with a degree in baking and pastry management.
Doe Doughnuts is now open early and frying every day except Tuesdays. The hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note the shop is not a gluten- or nut-free facility.