On Oct. 31, The Donut Stop, a Creighton and Omaha late-night favorite, will permanently close. Located at 1256 S. 13th Street, this sweet spot has been around for 30 years, offering freshly baked donuts and hot coffee to a wide variety of downtown dwellers. The bakery’s unique early morning and late night hours allow Creighton students up late studying and those out and about early in the morning alike to enjoy all that Donut Stop has to offer.
Marlene Rodgers is the owner of Donut Stop. “It’s time for me to close this place up,” she said, “30 years is a long time. I’m ready to be done here; we had a good run.”
The Donut Stop opened its Omaha location in 1983. There had previously been locations opened by Rodgers’s late husband, Hal, in a few other cities in the 1970s. The first Donut Stop was opened in Nebraska City. They have also opened shops in Shenandoah, Iowa, and a few more in southwestern Iowa. There was even a Donut Stop in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hal moved to Hawaii in the early 1980s – it was there he met his wife, Marlene. Together, they opened up a stop which stayed open until they moved back to the Midwest in 1983. Thus, the Omaha location was born.
Many of the Donut stops that Hal opened remained in operation even after he moved away. The business stayed within the family, as children and grandchildren have taken over various locations opened by Hal and Marlene after they moved away.
Today, the Omaha location is the last of the Donut Stops standing. And come October, it will be the last to close up shop for good.
The news of the upcoming closing prompted some Creighton students who have frequented the stop to reminisce on their favorite aspects of their go-to study break. College of Arts and Sciences junior Jackie Laughlin is thankful that she got to be in on the fun, and she appreciates the comforting vibe that Donut Stop offered on those late nights. “My favorite part was the community in the shop. I loved seeing people there that clearly knew the owner or met up every week at the same location. I loved the fact that it was one of few locations open in omaha that late at night,” Laughlin said. “I am sad it’s closing but it has been open for a long time and the owner will leave an impact on Omaha with the hard work he has put in over the years.”
And if the family-like atmosphere of the bakery wasn’t enough to keep people coming back, the product sure would be. “The doughnuts where the best ones I’ve ever eaten,” Laughlin said.
Omaha will be sure to take advantage of and relish in these last couple months with the Donut Stop, as it has earned its title as prominent staple in the community.
Until Oct. 31, The Donut Stop is open on Mondays from 7:45 p.m. to 1:15 a.m., Tuesday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and it opens up again for late-night hours from 7:45 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. On Saturdays, it is open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and the stop is closed on Sundays.