(VIDEO) Donut Man Going on 40, Keeping it Fresh

Patch visits Jim Nakano, a.k.a. The Donut Man, as the doughnut shop's strawberry season comes to an end.

Jim Nakano, the man known for nearly 40 years as the, credits his longevity and success to one simple fact -- he uses fresh ingredients and fruit.

Nakano remembers a time when strawberry fields were literally right outside his doorstep, but as Glendora and the surrounding area developed, houses and shopping centers replaced the strawberry fields. But that doesn't mean Nakano skimps on the secret to his success.

Nakano says he and his wife, Miyoko, make the trek to Los Angeles to wholesale markets and carefully pick their fresh strawberries and peaches. The strawberry- and peach-filled doughnuts are what keep the locals coming 24 hours a day.

Nakano, a third generation Japanese American, recounts rising from an impoverished past that included incarceration in an internment camp during World War II.

He and his wife opened a doughnut shop in 1972. Nakano manned the fryer, Miyoko took orders at the window. Nakano decided to take advantage of the fields of fresh strawberries that filled the Glendora landscape at the time, and with the help of a friend, perfected the now-famous strawberry doughnut. Rather than serve doughnuts made from freezed strawberries, Nakano only serves them while in season, and switches to peaches during the off season.

Even while approaching 40 years in business, Nakano is still coming up with new ideas, showing off his new extra-rich chocolate filling that could make its debut in a new doughnut soon. Next up, in honor of the fall season, Nakano is readying his pumpkin-filled doughnut.

"Come back again," Nakano likes to tell his customers. "We'll have something new."

Richard King September 26, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Well, shucks, did anyone else out there appreciate the article on The Donut Man & recognize the diversity to market his product in a challenging economy? I'm not quite sure how over the last 5 days this initial article went from donuts to a political rant on the police & the Glendora economy. Even the mention of one comment regarding church members. There seems to be a disconnect here. But, to the topic of the Donut Man....it is certainly good to see how one individual and the wife behind him have built an iconic place that is known all over and people will drive miles to have a taste of his (her) creations. Not to mention their contributions to the community and the various organizations. Besides the donuts, the coffe is the best. Hope the article can now get back on the focal center it was originally intended.
Bill C. September 26, 2011 at 04:26 AM
You should start speaking at all the council meetings, you remind me of a couple of the guys that speak at them.
MDGDA September 28, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Bader...WHAT WAS THE TRAFFIC INFRACTION ALREADY??? You wife is accountable to all the laws everyone else is. Also, I don't understand why the cop who gave your wife a ticket can't eat lunch. You have a dot connecting problem.
Bill C. September 28, 2011 at 03:22 AM
I'm not MDGDA, and you're probably some kid who got busted and now has made up some crazy story to bash the city and the pd. You have the writing ability of a guy with about a GED, and your name isn't Bader and you're no doctor. If you were you'd back up what you've claimed and you've done none of that.
MDGDA September 28, 2011 at 04:16 AM
hahaha I'm not Bill C. You are a such a loser. What did your wife get a ticket for? Why are you scared to tell me? You would probably just lie about it anyway. Just pay the fine and get over it. I think you need a hobby man.
MDGDA September 28, 2011 at 04:17 AM
GPD requires at least an AA degree or equivalent.
MDGDA September 28, 2011 at 04:29 AM
My point was that you need to get over it. It's obviously eating you up. I getting worried about you.


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