A family affair
After securing a commercial kitchen space in Portland, Leigh’s father, Allan Kellis, showed up to do what good dads do. He started helping in any way he could, from frying donuts to making deliveries. Together they built up quite a following, including more wholesale accounts.
It wasn’t long before it made sense to open a shop of their own; they settled on a small location at 194 Park Avenue in Portland. As new entrepreneurs with little capital, banks weren’t willing to take a risk on the donut venture. In an act of generosity and faith, Leigh’s mother, Cynthia Scholar, put up her retirement savings, and with a lot of hard work from Leigh, Allan, and Leigh’s sister, Elizabeth Buckwalter, they opened for business in March of 2012. Together with one other employee, the family started on their brick-and-mortar donut journey.