Shipley Donut Shops: 75 Year History

20 Feb

Shipley Donuts shop located in Spring, Texas.

Lawrence Shipley Sr. made his first Shipley Donut in 1936 in Houston, Texas. They sold for five cents a dozen. 75 years later you can’t even buy one donut for five cents much less a dozen. They were sold exclusively at wholesale prices before becoming a retail store.

The first Shipley Donuts retail store was opened in 1940. Today there are about 220 Shipley Donut shops  located in six states. Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas are the only states with Shipley Donut shops.

Shipley Donuts sign in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The first Shipleys in Alexandria according to was opened in 1966. The website lists Greg Pebbles as the owner and Dallas E. Pebbles as the president of the Alexandria company.

Shipleys has had a presence in Alexandria for 45 years and has been frequented by customers who love donuts  and love to talk to other Alexandria citizens in the shops while drinking coffee with their donuts.



Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Food, Nostalgia, Restaurants



4 responses to “Shipley Donut Shops: 75 Year History

  1. Pingback: Erin Andrews
    • Andrew Godfrey

      February 23, 2011 at 8:02 AM

      Thanks for the link to the Shipley Donuts post. Readers are welcome to post links to any articles posted on Nostalgia and Now.

  2. Jerry Tipps

    June 9, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Do you know where I can find a picture of the Shipleys at 5800 Kirby in Houston taken prior to 2000?

    • Andrew Godfrey

      June 10, 2011 at 7:32 AM

      Wish I could help, but couldn’t find one that was before 2000.


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