Tres Shannon and Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson, the owners of Voodoo Doughnut started their doughnut journey in the small Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera, California. Upon their return to Portland, the two started building the first Voodoo Doughnut shop in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood and the world has never been the same. Though all of their locations are constantly busy, it’s the flagship store that has the longest lines and serves dual duty of popular roadside attraction/pilgrimage site for doughnut aficionados from every corner of the world.
Voodoo Doughnut is an internationally known independent doughnut shop based in Portland, Oregon. Known for its pink boxes and wild flavor combinations, Voodoo Doughnut opened the doors to their original in 2003. Though they offer more than 100 varieties, it was the NyQuil Glazed, and the Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnuts (both no longer available), that first brought attention to their shop. No matter how much the public demands it, it seems that the FDA doesn’t approve when boutique doughnut shops add medicine to their food. The small flagship location temporarily closed in April 2011 for an extensive remodeling and expanded from 750 square feet (70 m2) to 2,300 sq ft (210 m2). It is back open and serving thousands of customers daily.
Voodoo Doughnut Facts
- Voodoo Doughnut offers legal wedding services, complete with doughnuts and coffee for the reception.
- The Los Angeles Times noted that Voodoo is an international tourist attraction.
- The company maintains two shops and a cart in Portland, and shops in Eugene, Denver, Austin, Universal City, and Orlando.
- In March 2017, the company opened its first location in California at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.
- In December 2013, the company opened its first location outside of Oregon on Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, on Friday the 13th (of course).
- Most Voodoo Doughnut locations proudly accept cash only.
- On December 24, 2008, Voodoo’s “Portland Creme” was designated as Portland’s “Official City Doughnut” by a resolution introduced by Portland Mayor Tom Potter.