Doughnut business thriving with Blair family in charge

April 29, 2013

in Community Profile


Carol Blair, Todd Blair, Courtney Hughes, Brandon Blair and Brent Blair.

By Kyle Siegel
Staff writer

It has been a busy past week for Todd and Carol Blair since the opening of Sedalia’s newest doughnut shop/eatery The Donut Palace, located at 2121 W. Broadway.

The Donut Palace is a family owned business and owner/operator Todd Blair has been involved in the doughnut business for the past 36 years.

“I’ve been doing it 36 years. We’ve opened up over 500 stores in the past 35 years. We are based out of Texas. We have locations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and our second one in Missouri,” Blair said of his experience.

He added, “My father started the company in 1978.”

Todd, along with his wife Carol, two sons Brandon and Brent, as well as Courtney Hughes, make up the staff at The Donut Palace.

The Donut Palace offers a wide selection of the donut variety, as well as breakfast sandwiches including croissants, biscuits and pigs in a blanket.

Types of donuts include glazed, cake, twists, jelly rolls, long johns, bear claws, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls and donut holes just to name a few.

They also carry many drinks including coffee, energy drinks, soda, juice, milk, bottled water and tea.

“I think it is real important to have a good variety,” Todd said.

The Donut Palace is open seven days a week. Their hours on Monday through Saturday are 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sundays they are open from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“We stay open all day long for people that have a sweet tooth to come by and get something sweet,” Blair said.

The Donut Palace offers a special 10 percent discount for schools and churches that order at least 24 hours in advance.

Another service The Donut Palace offers that sets the apart from others is their drive-thru.

“All of my locations I put drive-thrus in. Donuts are fast. We try to give good, fast, friendly service. I think the drive-thru is important to that,” Blair explained.

For those wanting to place an order by phone, or just to call and ask questions about their products, may call The Donut Palace at (660) 829-0075.

Blair has been pleased with the response he has seen in Sedalia.

“We’ve been really busy. We’ve had a good response. We just completed our first week yesterday (Tuesday).

“I’d like to thank the town. They have been really good to us,” Blair said. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.



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