A family tradition for over 30 years. The Rise and Shine Donuts Shop have more than 50 varieties of doughnuts, and no shortcuts are taken. Everything is made from scratch using our own recipes. Rise & Shine Donuts was founded in 2010 in Fremont, Nebraska by Jimmy and Alysha Kinman. If you were to ask them how Rise & Shine Donuts began, they would first describe it as a dream that came true. Jimmy would tell you that he started the shop because he was asked to venture out on his own, despite being a part of a family business since he was a small boy. From a young age he had worked in the family shops, learning the ins and outs of the business. “In second and third grade, after school we would have to go to my uncle’s donut shop and fold boxes and help my uncle,” Jimmy recalled.
When asked about what makes Rise & Shine Donuts unique, Jimmy said, “Making donuts is very deep in our family and I think that’s part of the reason for our success, honestly. We don’t do any cookies or brownies or breads — not that we knock anybody who does — but we just concentrate on one thing that we know, and we just keep it like that.” He continued, “We make our glaze. We make our chocolate. We make everything. It’s homemade recipes and a consistent product. A lot of it is just old-school baking. It’s cut by hand. There are no frozen products or anything like that. We have it pretty much perfected. We’ve been doing this for a long time. You’ll get the same apple fritter today, tomorrow, and next week. They don’t vary in ingredients, they’re always the same great homemade taste — and people can count on that, and they’re absolutely fresh.”
Rise & Shine Donuts was not an easy achievement, and required a lot of work. Only through the grace of God, and the amazing and supportive families of both Jimmy and Alysha, was it made possible.
Some might ask, “Why Fremont?” The answer, of course, would be the connections both Jim and Alysha have in the town. Both Kinmans have family in Fremont, and one of Jim’s first out-of-family jobs was baking donuts at the Hinky Dinky. About a year before the shop opened, Jim’s mother, Jeanette, would bring donuts to the city after working weekends at the family shop in Omaha. “People would say we need a donut shop in Fremont,” Jimmy said. “The family had talked about having a shop here for quite a while. I came to Fremont two or three times and looked at property. I found this location, which has a perfect combination of residential and commercial businesses, and it just kind of took off from there.”
Rise & Shine Donuts is a family shop, and they concentrate on the famililes of Fremont. They love the excitement they see in the faces of their customers when they walk in the store — especially the children. Sometimes you’ll even see the Kinman’s own little ones pitching in around the shop. Jim and Alysha hope their kids will get the same experience Jim did when he was young, and develop a passion for the family business as they grow up.
The extended family of the Kinman’s provides a ton of support and encouragement. From Eleanor and her expertise in running Sunrise shops in Omaha and Gretna, to Alysha’s father, Richard, becoming an investor and being ever at the ready with guiding words of wisdom. Family is what makes Rise & Shine Donuts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please call us anytime to schedule a birthday party. We offer discounts on our food and drinks based on the size of your party, and have signature cakes which can be prepared ahead of time for the event. Once presents have been opened the kids can participate in decorating their own donuts for themselves or family and friends. We’ll box up any leftovers for your convenience.
In order to meet the requirements for our catering we have a 6 dozen order minimum per event. However, we will always consider any event. We offer 10% right off the top before we figure in the size of the order, and our bulk prices are always cheaper than our individual prices. We need 48 hours notification for any new account before we can fulfill an order. All food provided by us will be delivered by our staff to the event before it begins. We also offer assistance in setting up the display. Clean up after the event will need to be provided by the organization, as we will not be there for the event.
If you are involved with an organization that feeds the homeless, or operate a non-profit organization that benefits the community, and would like to hand out Rise & Shines donuts, please contact us for a date and pickup times. We have a limited number of products to donate, and it will never been the same amount on any given day.
If you work for the Fremont Police Department, or are a part of the normal Nebraska State Patrol for Fremont and the surrounding communities, you can stop by our shop and receive up to 2 free donuts or rolls per day. Drinks are excluded. If you’re interested in providing your co-workers with donuts, we also offer a 25% discount on any sized order to the aforementioned parties.