Oak Harbor's Donut Master passes the 3-year-old test

Zolyeenah Bolden, 3, chews on a huge bite of donut at the new Donut Master in Oak Harbor. The shop is located on Barrington Drive.  - Justin Burnett / Whidbey News-Times
Zolyeenah Bolden, 3, chews on a huge bite of donut at the new Donut Master in Oak Harbor. The shop is located on Barrington Drive.
— image credit: Justin Burnett / Whidbey News-Times

Before a display case of sweet, sticky “holey” goodness, 3-year-old Zolyeenah Bolden stands speechless.

Her arms are spread high across the glass and her face has taken on a vacant expression. Her sisters, VeyAnna and Xaviera, are there too but they have temporarily ceased to exist.

For the moment, all that matters is choosing from the racks of maple bars, sugar twists and oh-so-lovely donuts, covered in every imaginable topping, that are spread out before her.

Zolyeenah may be only 3, but her reaction seems to be pretty common at the new Donut Master on Barrrington Drive in Oak Harbor. Since the shop opened late last month, the place has been a madhouse of guilty pleasure.

In fact, the store was so busy after its initial opening that it ran out of donuts and had to close shop for a day. After that, management temporarily adopted a strict six-pastries per person limit just to keep the doors open.

Multiple attempts to reach the shop’s owner and baker have been unsuccessful and a store manager said she could not comment. However, she did confirm that additional help has since come on to assist. The six-donut cap has also been lifted.

Janet Sadano and her son, Nathan, were in the shop recently getting their first batch of pastries, though it wasn’t their first visit.

“We’ve been here before but never left with anything,” she laughed.

They didn’t mind having to come back, however. Janet said she prefers to support local businesses and Nathan said the store was a big improvement over the previous occupants.

This wasn’t the first trip for the Boldens either, though it was also their first time leaving with goodies. Monica Bolden, Zolyeenah’s mother, works at the bakery in Safeway across the street and she said she just couldn’t resist a peek at the competition.

“We wanted to see what all the hoopla was about,” she said.

While little Zolyeenah faithfully said she still likes her mother’s donuts the best, the rainbow sprinkles stuck to her cheeks made it clear she had nothing bad to say about the Donut Master.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the Oct 19
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates