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Food by Erin Huiatt

Okay, this one is a bit out of the Greater Des Moines area but I have heard so many great things about Bricktown Bakery! Not only do they offer delicious donuts, but other great baked goods as well. Jump in the car and give it a try.

Where are my donut lovers at!? Our family definitely loves a good, over-the-top donut. I can tell you I do not remember donuts being so extreme when I was little. Whether it be long johns, donut holes, cinnamon rolls, an apple fritter, or cake donuts, I am here for the donut craze. We have gathered all of the best donuts in Greater Des Moines (I am not talking Krispy Kreme) you need to check out. How many Des Moines, Iowa donut places have you crossed off? Bookmark this page and see if you can cross them all off. Your taste buds will thank you.

by Joseph L. Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association

Our "Pictures of the Week" take us to Nevada, where life's simple pleasures mix in perfect harmony with great taste. In October, Paula Feltner and her husband Mike opened Bricktown Bakery to share her love of donuts. Since opening, they have garnered a dedicated customer base in Nevada and other central Iowa communities.

"When you say donuts, people smile," Paula says while looking at the large selection of donuts on the wooden display counter. "They make people happy and they bring back memories of sharing with others."

Bricktown Bakery Donut Dash
Bricktown Bakery Donut Dash
Bricktown Bakery Donut Dash
Bricktown Bakery Donut Dash
Bricktown Bakery Donut Dash
Bricktown Bakery Donut Dash

Real runs can wear you out, and Runners United Nevada (RUN) has some real 5K runs in its series this year.

But one fun run – the Donut Dash – doesn’t keep you on the course too long or focus on your time. The Donut Dash focuses on being silly for the reward of donuts.

The craziest costumed runner (or walker!) on a one-mile course on the morning of April 24 will win “a dozen Bricktown Bakery donuts every month for one whole year!” That’s a lot of donuts!

(L to R: RUN Board Members Amy Rosenberg & Dane Nealson, Food At First Meal Coordinator Barb Mittman, Bricktown Bakery owner Paula Feltner, and RUN Board Member Angie Tscherter)

In May, RUN partnered with Bricktown Bakery to host the 2nd Annual Bricktown Donut Dash. The event’s proceeds were donated to Nevada Food at First, bringing in a total of $2,013.52.

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Ames Tribune

Paula Feltner spent weeks collecting miniature village pieces so she could create an epic Christmas scene in the windows of her two businesses in downtown Nevada.

Now the front windows at Bricktown Bakery and Bricktown Popcorn are teeming with winter scenes of a quaint, snowy little town.

The creativity and attention to detail are part of what makes her businesses successful.

Feltner was named one of 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality by the Iowa Restaurant Association this year and received the honor at an event in mid-November.

But her favorite nickname is Donut Lady.

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Ames Tribune

Story County business owners Paula Feltner and Anjuleah Knutson have been named to the recently unveiled 2023 “40 Women to Watch in Hospitality” list, organized by the Iowa Restaurant Association.

“When you say donuts, people smile,” said Paula Feltner, owner of Bricktown Bakery in Nevada. On a typical Saturday, Bricktown Bakery sells out of almost 1,500 donuts ranging from long johns to old-fashioned cake donuts. Looking for something beyond donuts? Check out the restaurant’s Fried Pie Friday (flavored hand pies) or flash-brewed coffee. You can sample more of Paula’s flavors at Bricktown Popcorn, her gourmet popcorn shop in the historic corner building next door. Bricktown Bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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People form a line in front of "Bricktown," a donuts and coffee shop during the grand opening Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Nevada, Iowa.

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Nevada's Bricktown Bakery sold 2,700 donuts the first Saturday it was open. Co-owner Paula Feltner has been thrilled with the outpouring of support her business has seen in the month since.

“We’re basically a 24-hour operation at this point," she said. "We’re making doughnuts all afternoon, they’re fried all night, and things are baked all afternoon. It’s a never-ending cycle until Saturday night when we rest, then Monday afternoon when it all starts up again."


Bricktown Bakery Grand Opening in Nevada, Iowa

People form a line in front of "Bricktown," a donuts and coffee shop during the grand opening Saturd
Customers crowd at the "Bricktown" donuts and coffee shop during the grand opening Saturday, Oct. 17
Bricktown Bakery
Travel Iowa

Photos from the Grand Opening for Bricktown Bakery in downtown historical Nevada, Iowa.


Bricktown Bakery

Bricktown Bakery hand rolls the dough for donuts every day and fries them fresh every morning! Bricktown Bakery was thoughtfully selected. Bricks tie Nevadans to the city's history of successful brickyards and to the bricks that built many downtown structures. The exposed brick walls inside the bakery show those bricks. Whether people tie the bricks to Nevada's history or to what they see today, it helps tie this bakery to the community.


Bricktown Bakery

Bricktown Bakery offers you good doughnuts. Order the delicious coffee served here. Imagine a combination of tasty food and the friendly staff, this is exactly what this place offers. This spot scored 4.8 in the Google rating system.

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