Can you imagine quitting a prestigious job at a Silicon Valley tech giant to make and serve donuts? That’s exactly what Phing Yamamoto did back in 2017 when she left her job at Apple to return to run her family’s shop, Colonial Donuts. Located near Lake Merritt on Lakeshore Avenue, Colonial Donuts has become an Oakland institution since its founding in 1969, and is one of the few 24/7 shops in the area. Showcased in the recent Berkeleyside profile of Pink Box Stories, the shop prides itself in perfecting its classic donuts — recipes that haven’t changed since 1989. …

Debbie Kim

Aspiring dog mom, donut enthusiast, & public health practitioner working in healthcare. MPH alum from Berkeley Public Health.

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