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Kolby’s Donut House, located on 15012 Pacific Avenue S, is everything a family business should be. For the past 3 1/2 years, it has been owned and operated by the Chhim family. It’s a small store with a big heart, and the doughnuts are positively scrumptious.
Each doughnut is crafted with care. Kolby’s makes everything from fluffy fritters and doughnut kebabs to their very own maple glaze from scratch, and it takes a lot of work. Kieang Seng, who owns Kolby’s along with Touch Chhim, will spend up to 12-13 hours every night on doughnuts that are all rolled, cut, glazed, and frosted by hand.
“She’ll come in at 6 p.m. and won’t leave until 7 a.m. sometimes. She’s very particular, very detail-oriented,” said Sokie Chhim of her mother, Seng. A glance at the well-stocked case of doughnuts affirms Seng’s dedication to perfection. The first bite of any doughnut drives the point home even further.
The magic of Kolby’s doesn’t all take place overnight, however. Their customer service can’t be beat. This family is one that genuinely cares about their customers and the community that surrounds them.
“We just try to cater to the community. We love the people here. We get to see the kids growing up,” said Chhim when asked what she thinks makes Kolby’s stand out against other doughnut shops. The Chhim family values a close relationship with all of their customers, and it shows. They have plenty of regulars. “Before they get into the door, we have what they want in the bag,” said Chhim.
A group of older veterans frequents Kolby’s every day, twice a day, filling almost every table in the small shop. According to Chhim, she began baking both peanut butter and oatmeal raisin cookies simply because these veterans mentioned that they liked them. This is just the type of thing that sets Kolby’s apart from your average Krispy Kreme.
When asked what her favorite doughnut was, Chhim recommended the fritters and the strawberry coconut cake doughnut, but you really can’t go wrong. From buttermilk bars, to bacon maple bars, there isn’t a bad doughnut to be found. Kolby’s doughnuts are light, buttery, flaky, and decadent, but it’s about more than doughnuts. It’s about the community. The family behind Kolby’s Donut House really, truly, cares about the people they serve, and that is what makes Kolby’s the best kind of business.