The wait for seating at Pip’s Original Doughnuts in Beaumont Village should be eased somewhat this summer, as owners Nate and Jamie Snell are expanding their small shop at 4759 N.E. Fremont St. into the space next door, formerly occupied by Alisa Fairweather’s Mother of Pearl children’s consignment shop.
Known for its tiny, artisanal donuts and assortment of house-made chai teas, lines can get long at the popular shop on weekends, and seats are often in short supply.
By tearing down the wall between the two spaces, the Snells will add about 750 square feet of space to the shop, increase their capacity from 14 seats to approximately 40, and add an additional bathroom.
The project is back on track after a brief, bureaucratic delay. The final inspection from the shop’s original expansion was never entered into the city’s database and the city had lost the records for the entire month when the inspection was done.
“Long story short, we scoured our records and were fortunate enough to have saved a copy of the final inspection report from nearly three years ago,” said Snell. “We submitted this document to the city and they approved our expansion. Finally.”
The Snells also run a catering business out of the space, Lamb’s Table, and are just now entering their busy season, with two to three weddings per weekend scheduled through October. According to Nate Snell, Pip’s legion of fans have been an inspiration for the couple, who live in the nearby Roseway neighborhood with their three daughters.
“There’s nothing better than rolling up to see a line outside your shop and then being able to stop and spend some time talking with those folks,” said Snell. “These are the people who are willing to wait because they believe in what we’re doing. These people in line support our family, help keep the doors open and our employees taken care of.”
Plans for a celebration of the project’s completion are still evolving.
“We’re likely going to be doing a grand opening of the new space where we give away free donuts for the entire day,” Snell said.
You can follow the project on the store’s Facebook page or call (503) 206-8692 for more information.