I noticed this a few week ago but didn't want to get my hopes up until I saw them clearing the ground, a new Shipley Donut franchise is under construction on Arkansas Blvd. I grew up in Houston, where Shipley began, I am excited!

Shipley Donuts began in Houston, Texas in 1936 at a little bakery on Crockett St. on the Northside. In the beginning, they were a wholesaler of these tasty pastries selling for just 5 Cents a dozen. Lawrence Shipley Sr. created a wonderful treat that people flocked to and soon they had their first retail location.

Shipley has around 300 franchised locations in the southern United States including Texas, Arkansas, Louisianna and many more states. I know there was a Shipley here in Texarkana before, I hear it closed back in the 90's.

One of my favorite memories from early morning work hours, or being up really really late, or just a special treat on the weekends was stopping a Shipley Donut Shop and picking up the lightest, fluffiest little-glazed pastry ever, fresh and still melt in your mouth hot and basically inhaling several of them. They were that good.

I don't have any info on when this location will open, nor who owns it. All I have is my culinary memories and a hope that this new place will live up to the old place in my head.

Now, if I can only control myself... must. not. eat. the. whole dang box!

Shilpey lot - JimWeaver