Lakeside donut shop plan hits snag

A Dozen Excuses owner Melissa Kingren serves up fresh sweet rolls at her Tower Avenue bakery in Superior.

A Superior bakery saw its plans to open a satellite shop in Duluth derail last month but owners are still looking for a place to bring donuts back to Lakeside.

A Dozen Excuses owner Melissa Kingren said required plumbing improvements at 4328 E. Superior St. forced her to cancel a lease agreement for part of the building last month. She said similar water issues scrapped a second location and now a third building is under consideration.

“If I gotta show up in somebody’s garage it’s going to happen,” said Kingren. “For sure, we’re going to Lakeside it’s just got to be the right spot.”

A Dozen Excuses had planned to open an outlet for its baked goods next to Vibe Salon this spring. Kingren and Vibe Salon owner Deborah Moller, who owns the building, worked out an agreement for the former office space which most recently housed Homestead Gatherings gift shop and stitchery.

“It was $10,000 to bring water over to that side of the building,” said Kingren. “We found a second location and that was $6,000 so we’re on our third location now.”

Johnson’s Bakery closed its Lakeside outlet in 2018, leaving the neighborhood without an independent donut shop for the first time since 1955.

Kingren said she is not giving up on a Lakeside expansion.

“I’ve told people that have asked: If you know of anything please let me know,” she said. “I have something we’re looking at now but I’m not sure it’s going to work out yet.”

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