There's all kinds of doughnut news in the Top Pot universe (see the Roadfood.com review):
* Listen to a KUOW interview with Michael and Mark Klebeck, founders of Top Pot, as they discuss how they got started, where the name came from (the S fell off the TOPSPOT neon sign they found, during transport), the day President Obama paid a visit, celebrity fans, Starbucks, expansion, their entrance into the spirits business, and even the donuts.
* They are opening a new cafe in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, at 590 Terry Avenue North. Another Top Pot is planned for Redmond in September, at 16015 Cleveland Street.
* Top Pot is now serving their own doughnut-inspired ice cream produced locally by Snoqualmie. Flavors include Maple Bar, Pink Feather Boa, and Apple Fritter.
* Top Pot was featured on the July 29th episode of CNBC's How I Made My Millions. Read the accompanying business-oriented column, written by Mark Klebeck, on the CNBC website.
* And perhaps the biggest news of all (as we bury the lede): Top Pot is planning to franchise nationally. They are thinking of starting in midtown Manhattan. Top Pots around the country will try to remain regionally relevant. For example, they may serve paczkis in Chicago before Lent, or sufganiots in the east around Hannukah.