Voodoo Doughnut co-founder Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and partner Tres Shannon want to keep doughnut culture alive -- and outside of their original locations in Oregon, Denver felt like the next best place to spread that philosophy, with a smattering of cereal-topped delights and the coveted maple bacon bars.
The duo found the grittiness of Colfax to be a perfect fit for the candy-pink storefront, which could open this month. We recently caught up with Pogson and Shannon to learn more about what's in store for Denver.
For example, every Voodoo Doughnut shop has a black-velvet painting that the owners like to call the "Spirit Channeler." Oregon muses have included Isaac Hayes and Kenny Rogers -- and Denver's will take the form of a painting of East High School-alum Pam Grier.
Another way that Voodoo will adapt to Denver culture is with the creation of several Denver-inspired doughnuts. "We're thinking of a Colfax Cream," explains Pogson. "We'll probably think about something that looks like the Capitol dome, white with a circling strip of gold to emphasize that it's under construction. We'll likely create a few around Denver sports players."
Voodoo will take advantage of local purveyors, too -- like Denver's Novo Coffee, which they chose as their main pour. "They're really down-to-earth people," says Shannon. "We really like them."
In terms of doughnut-making tradition, Voodoo turns its nose up at chains like Dunkin' Donuts, which recently opened two stores in Denver. "We're dedicated to the art of doughnut-making," says Shannon. "We fry them, and we're constantly filtering the oil." Their dedication is rooted in their original doughnut training with three "doughnut wizards" in a suburb of Los Angeles, who collectively had 150 years of doughnut-making experience.
But this crew is also dedicated to bringing a Voodoo taste of the weird and exotic to Colfax. Along with flavor offerings that fall under those categories, Pogson and Shannon look forward to keeping their eccentric wedding tradition alive -- Voodoo has officiated at a slew of weddings in Oregon -- especially in a state where same-sex civil unions are legal.
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"We're bringing the circus to town," says Shannon. "And Denver jumped out to us as a spot that has the Voodoo vibe."