LaMar's in the News

donut-Display

NBClogoNBC's The Tonight Show host Jay Leno dubbed LaMar's Donuts founder Raymond Lamar the undisputed "King of donuts." newyorkerNew Yorker magazine's Calvin Trillin penned praises for the LaMar's powdered sugar donut. The Today Show's Willard Scott argues with host Katie Couric that a LaMar's donut is the best ever made.
OCregisterCalifornia's Orange County Register's acclaimed "Best of the Best" annual series named LaMar's Donuts "America's Favorite Breakfast." First runner-up was an English farm breakfast at Woolley Grange in Wiltshire, England. gourmetMagLogoGourmet Magazine, in search of the country's favorite donut, conducted a nationwide poll. The runaway winner was a LaMar's donut.
Hallmark_logoHallmark Cards designed a greeting card, in the shape of a donut, in Ray Lamar's honor. logo_foodnetworkFood Network featured LaMar's Donuts in the network prime-time series called "Unwrapped."
zagatThe famed Zagat Survey, the New York City-based namer of premier dining spots nationwide, described LaMar's Donuts as "extraordinary; fit for kings."

News Archive


Sweet: 101 Amazing American Doughnut Shops With Serious Street Cred



 

 

Dessert for Dinner: LaMar’s Donuts at Denver Fashion Weekend

DENVER (March 15, 2014) – If you’ve ever had a Ray’s original glazed donut fresh out of the fryer at LaMar’s Donuts, then you know that the slogan, “simply a better donut,” is not misleading.  And if you haven’t tried them yet, then you’ll get your chance on the 5th and 6th of April at Denver Fashion Weekend, where LaMar’s will be serving up hundreds of their delicious hand made donuts.

What makes the gourmet donut here special is that they are all individually handmade every single day. The bakers arrive at the shop at one  in the morning to begin the day’s work, hand cutting the  shamrock-shaped peppermint-iced bizmarks that are currently featured for St. Patrick’s Day. Seasonal and holiday-themed donuts are always in stock here, with the vibrant green donuts to be soon replaced with the Easter features.

The most popular donut at LaMar’s has always been and probably always will be Ray’s original glazed donut. Sinking your teeth into one is like biting in to a decadent ring of heaven. The light glaze crackles as you bite down into the lightly fried pillow of not-too-sweet dough, and it’s really all you could ever want out of a donut. As an added bonus, it clocks in at a surprising two hundred and twenty calories, making it a splurge that won’t completely throw your day off track.  As marketing manager Temi Osifodunrin says,” it’s all about balance,” and his week wouldn’t be complete without a box of donuts for church on Sundays. While the LaMar’s master chef  has been working on a gluten free donut, Osifodunrin told me that they’re not too interested in deviating from their traditional offerings. The original recipes have stood the test of time and continue to put smiles on customer’s faces every day.  Ray Lamar made his first donut in 1933, turning an old gas station in Kansas City into his first donut shop in 1960. Since then, the company has moved its home base to Greenwood Village, Colorado and has ten different locations to offer in our state.

Read the article here – 303Magazine.com

LaMar’s was also mentioned on Fox 31 ‘Everyday Show’ about DFW.

 

 

LaMar’s Donuts donates $2,100 to Salvation Army for Colorado and Oklahoma assistance.

Tradition of Donuts, Charity Aid Salvation Army Causes

DENVER (Oct. 8, 2013) – LaMar’s Donuts today announced that it will donate  $2,100 to the Salvation Army to aid in relief efforts for the Oklahoma tornadoes in May and this summer’s Colorado wildfires. The contribution comes from National Donut Day in June, when LaMar’s pledged a portion of sales proceeds from the event.

National Donut Day is a tradition begun in 1917, when women Salvation Army volunteers known as “Lassies” made donuts for soldiers on the front lines of World War I.

On National Donut Day, LaMar’s customers also donated $1,940 through in-store kettles, which will be used to provide general social services in the communities of participating shops.

“We know that it’s about more than just making the best donuts in town,” LaMar’s COO Matt Joslin said. “It’s about focusing on the people and communities that have made our business strong.”

Founder Ray LaMar began giving back to his community in 1960 through charitable partnerships and the company has continued his vision of community involvement through philanthropic works in the markets they serve.

LaMar’s Donuts has more than 70 Colorado employees at 10 stores and at their corporate office in Greenwood Village.

 

# # #

About LaMar’s Donuts­ – After developing his original donut recipe as a teenager in 1933, Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar’s Donuts in 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the franchised chain has 27 stores in six states. LaMar’s has won numerous awards and favorable reviews by such publications as The New Yorker and Gourmet magazine, and was the first donut to be reviewed and acclaimed by Zagat, the world’s most trusted guide to restaurants. LaMar’s Donuts are proclaimed by many as “simply a better donut.”

About The Salvation Army ­– The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Sales of purple donuts in September will support Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.

LaMar’s Donuts Supports September’s World Alzheimer’s Month

DENVER August 12, 2013 – LaMar’s Donuts has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado for World Alzheimer’s Month, beginning Sept. 1, 2013. Customers can support the cause by going purple, the color of the Alzheimer’s movement. For the entire month, local LaMar’s Donut stores will offer purple donuts, with a percentage of the sales going directly to support free services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado to families and to research to end Alzheimer’s.

“LaMar’s Donuts is proud to support this worthy cause during September’s World Alzheimer’s Month. This promotion is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to our friends, family, communities and the Alzheimer’s Association,” says Carolyn Tai, LaMar’s Donuts spokesperson. “We are honored to lend our support to their vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”

Purple donuts are available at all Colorado locations and can be pre-ordered by calling any Colorado location or online at www.lamars.com. For more information about World Alzheimer’s Month go to alz.org.

LaMar’s Donuts Locations:

Westminster
9940 N. Wadsworth Suite 100
720.377.3974
Fort Collins
140 E. Boardwalk
970.377.2433
Louisville
133 McCaslin Blvd.
720.890.3875
Littleton
8076 Blakeland Dr.
720.904.5792
Littleton
5350 S. Santa Fe Dr.
720.283.1790
Denver
2120 S. Broadway
303.733.4704
Fort Collins
1101 W. Drake Road
970.223.2131
Highlands Ranch
9360 S. Colorado Blvd.
303.791.4327
Aurora
10001 Iliff Avenue
Aurora, CO 80247
Denver
990 W. 6th Ave.
720.904.5792

 

###

LaMar’s Donuts – Perfecting his original donut recipe since 1933, Ray Lamar “King of Donuts” opened the first LaMar’s Donuts in 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the franchised chain has 27 stores in six states. LaMar’s has won numerous awards and was the first donut to be reviewed and acclaimed by Zagat, the world’s most trusted guide to restaurants. LaMar’s donuts are proclaimed by many as “simply a better donut.”

About the Alzheimer’s Association - The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for more than 72,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups, Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® and a 24-hour Helpline at no cost to families, and funds advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association advocates for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For more information, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900, or visit alz.org/co.

Reporter Kristy Siefkin of FOX 10 in Phoenix talks donuts with Salvation Army volunteers and LaMar’s customers.

FOX 10 Phoenix Celebrates National Donut Day 2013 with LaMar’s

Helping to spread the word about National Donut Day 2013 and the philanthropic work of LaMar’s Donuts, reporter Kristy Siefkin talks with patrons enjoying their free donuts and Salvation Army volunteers who were out to collect donations on behalf of Oklahoma tornado victims.

Watch the video on FOX-10 Phoenix>>

LaMar’s is partnering with the Salvation Army to raise relief funds on Friday, June 7th, National Donut Day

Free LaMar’s Donuts on National Donut Day to Benefit Salvation Army

Each visitor to receive a gourmet donut with no purchase required; participating LaMar’s to donate to Salvation Army relief in Oklahoma & other states

DENVER, May 28, 2013 – In celebration of National Donut Day, LaMar’s Donuts is partnering with the Salvation Army on Friday, June 7, to offer one free donut to each guest, with no purchase necessary.

National Donut Day is celebrated the first Friday of every June, thanks to a tradition begun in 1917, when women Salvation Army volunteers known as “Lassies” made donuts for soldiers on the front lines of World War I.

This year, LaMar’s is partnering with Salvation Army chapters in western states to raise highly needed funds for a variety of humanitarian causes. Donation kettles are being placed in participating LaMar’s locations in advance of National Donut Day. In addition, LaMar’s stores are donating a portion of sales proceeds that week to The Salvation Army Oklahoma Relief fund.

“The Oklahoma disaster reminds us that all Americans have an ongoing responsibility to help neighbors suffering misfortune,” LaMar’s COO Matt Joslin said. “We invite loyal customers to not only have a free donut on us but also contribute to the Salvation Army’s laudable work.”

The free-donut offer is good for any regular donut already available. LaMar’s Bars, Bizmarks, fritters and other products made without a center hole are exempted.

LaMar’s Donuts are made fresh every morning with no artificial preservatives. Every LaMar’s product is produced by hand from start to finish, beginning with kneading of the dough to the glazing.

# # #

About LaMar’s Donuts – After developing his original donut recipe as a teenager in 1933, Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar’s Donuts in 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the franchised chain has 27 stores in six states. LaMar’s has won numerous awards and favorable reviews by such publications as The New Yorker and Gourmet magazine, and was the first donut to be reviewed and acclaimed by Zagat, the world’s most trusted guide to restaurants. LaMar’s Donuts are proclaimed by many as “simply a better donut.”

About The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

KCTV-5 interviews LaMar’s Donuts about eight decades of hand-crafting delicious, gourmet treats.

LaMar’s Celebrates 80 Years of Making Donuts

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (January 12, 2013) — This year, LaMar’s Donuts is proud to celebrate 80 years of hand-crafting gourmet donuts. In honor of this important milestone, Marketing Manager Kayde Pierce spoke with Bonyen Lee of Kansas City’s KCTV5 to discuss what makes LaMar’s Donuts so delicious.

Peppermint Iced Devil’s Food Cake Donut available for a limited time this holiday season.

LaMar’s Offers Peppermint Iced Devil’s Food Cake Donut for the Holidays

DENVER (Nov. 27, 2012) – LaMar’s Donuts has created what is sure to be a fan favorite—the Peppermint Iced Devil’s Food Cake Donut, available for a limited time beginning Nov. 23.

Ushered in on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), the holiday donut’s special flavor combines chocolate devil’s food cake covered in smooth peppermint icing with festive red sugar sprinkled on top.

It’s decadent, delicious, and fun – and it’s available to lovers of fine donuts at any LaMar’s Donuts location nationwide until Jan. 2, 2013.

“We are offering the Peppermint Iced Devil’s Food Cake Donut throughout the holidays because the smooth peppermint and rich chocolate tastes pair perfectly with the season,” said Kayde Pierce, spokesperson for LaMar’s.

This seasonal donut is something of a throwback to the devil’s food donuts founder Ray LaMar began making in 1933.

As in the old days, all LaMar’s donuts—including their newest Peppermint Iced Devil’s Food Cake special—are still made entirely by hand every day. Never using mass-production techniques, LaMar’s employees personally create each donut, from hand-kneading the dough to applying the icing.

That’s the LaMar’s difference, and it’s a difference you can taste in the Peppermint Iced Devil’s Food Cake Donut, available from Nov. 23, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013.

###

About LaMar’s Donuts

After developing his original donut recipe as a teenager in 1933, Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar’s Donuts in 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the franchised chain has 27 stores in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Alabama and Arizona. LaMar’s has won numerous awards and favorable reviews by such publications as The New Yorker and Gourmet magazine, and was the first donut to be reviewed and acclaimed by Zagat, the world’s most trusted guide to restaurants. LaMar’s Donuts are proclaimed by many as “simply a better donut.”

Shannon LaMar, Wife of LaMar’s Donuts Founder, Dies at 71

Denver, Colo. (November 14, 2012) – Shannon LaMar, wife of Ray LaMar and a driving force behind the success of LaMar’s Donuts, died at age 71 on October 27, 2012. She is survived by three sons.

Mrs. LaMar was not only the wife of the company’s founder, she was also a former employee of the famous chain. Her husband Ray passed away in 2005.

Over the years, Mrs. LaMar helped the company build a loyal clientele, beginning with the first LaMar’s Donuts shop, which was opened in 1960 in a former gas station in Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. LaMar was instrumental in helping to develop the LaMar’s Donuts franchise in 1990.

Today, 27 LaMar’s locations produce more than 17 million donuts each year. LaMar’s Donuts was recommended by Zagat’s Survey, The New Yorker and Gourmet Magazine, and was chosen as one of America’s five best donuts by AOL Cityguide in the summer of 2008.

The New York Times features LaMar’s Presidential Donut Poll in recent article

LaMar’s 2012 Presidential Donut Poll in NY Times

Denver, Colo., (November 9, 2012) – The LaMar’s Donuts Presidential Donut Poll gained international attention recently when The New York Times highlighted the promotion on its opinion page. The infographic that accompanied the story included details and fun facts about the LaMar’s poll. In addition, this year’s poll was covered in Seattle Weekly, and will soon be featured on a popular Japanese national morning television program.

The 2012 Presidential Donut Poll Featured in the New York Times Opinion Page

# # #

About LaMar’s Donuts

After developing his original donut recipe as a teenager in 1933, Ray Lamar opened the first LaMar’s Donuts in 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the franchised chain has 27 stores in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Alabama and Arizona. LaMar’s has won numerous awards and favorable reviews by such publications as The New Yorker and Gourmet magazine, and was the first donut to be reviewed and acclaimed by Zagat, the world’s most trusted guide to restaurants. LaMar’s Donuts are proclaimed by many as “simply a better donut.”