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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."

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The Pitch: LaMar’s Donuts Voted Best Doughnuts in Kansas City

LaMar’s Donuts was ranked First Place by The Pitch>

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Nine Kansas City area locations. Click here to see the list.

The 9 Best Doughnut Chains in America: LaMar’s Donuts ranked #2

Fact: Everybody loves doughnuts. And if they tell you they don’t, they’re lying. These are the best chain doughnut shops in America.

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LaMar’s Donuts featured on Sweet: 101 Amazing American Doughnut Shops With Serious Street Cred

From the GrubStreet article.

LaMar’s Donuts Voted Best Donut Shop in Kansas City

LaMar’s Donuts

Originally started in Kansas City, today there are 27 LaMar's locations in six states. The recipe hasn’t changed since 1933, and we are sure glad that it hasn’t. The flaky and perfectly soft dough topped with the sweet creamy glaze makes for Kansas City’s best doughnut. With more than 100 varieties available, these handmade and fresh-baked treats are the ultimate indulgence.

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Nine Kansas City area locations. Click here to see the list.

LaMar’s on Fox10 Phoenix for National Cream Filled Donut Day

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LaMar’s Donuts on Denver 9 News

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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.

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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.


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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

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 For more information about World Alzheimer’s Month go to

LaMar’s Donuts Locations:

9940 N. Wadsworth Suite 100
Fort Collins
140 E. Boardwalk
133 McCaslin Blvd.
8076 Blakeland Dr.
5350 S. Santa Fe Dr.
2120 S. Broadway
Fort Collins
1101 W. Drake Road
Highlands Ranch
9360 S. Colorado Blvd.
10001 Iliff Avenue
Aurora, CO 80247
990 W. 6th Ave.



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

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.

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