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Top Pot Opens Mobile Unit In Renton

Donuts are a hit with contracts and the DIY-crowd at McLendon Hardware.

Everybody loves a good doughnut. Add to that the irresistible pairing with coffee, and it's a match made in heaven

Now there's another perfect pair in Renton: Top Pot and .

Top Pot opened its Mobile Doughnut Unit —  a 16-foot 1962 Airstream — in front of McLendon Hardware in late July, and since then business has been good.

Weekend sales are great with the DIY home improvement-types, and during the week with contractors who stop by for building materials and a box of doughnuts for their crew, said Top Pot co-founder Mark Klebeck.

"This is our first year, so we have no idea what to expect," Klebeck said, adding, "The McLendon family has been so wonderful to work with."

Suzanne Thompson, community relations spokesperson for McLendon Hardware, said it's working out to be a great partnership.

More than 30 people attended a grand opening celebration hosted by the on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to the five different types of doughnuts for sale, customers may also purchase drip and espresso coffee, Italian sodas, tea, juice, milk, muffins and scones.

Also, starting Sept. 21, the Mobile Unit will sell its very own recipe book, Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets & Recipes for Home Bakers. It's published through Chronicle Books and costs $16.95.

Klebeck and his brother, Michael, opened their first store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood in February 2002. The Mobile Doughnut Unit at McLendon Hardware is the only one currently in operation; however Klebeck said Top Pot recently purchased two more units (another 1962 Airstream and a 28-foot 1942 Vagabond) that are being restored and retrofitted to expand Top Pot's presence at food fairs and other events.

Top Pot at McLendon Hardware is open Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Akiko Oda September 21, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Mmmm! If we could only bring one down to Pierce County!

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