When Lansing native Andrew Cameron graduated from Creighton University, he returned home and opened the area’s first Daylight Donuts in Leavenworth in 2011. While there are currently five Daylight Donut shops around the area, on Jan. 27, Basehor was added to that growing list.

Daylight Coffee & Donuts features all of the signature donut classics as well as a full espresso bar with a proprietary blend from The Roasterie.

“We’re thrilled to bring our new Daylight Donuts concept to Basehor,” said Cameron. “This store has more of a coffee shop atmosphere, with a barista-operated espresso bar and seating to accommodate 30. It’s our hope that residents will enjoy not only our popular donuts, but also the coffee and welcoming ambience. We look forward to being part of the Basehor community.”

Basehor residents were more than ready for Daylight Coffee & Donuts to open. Anticipation has been running high throughout the community since the word first got out about the possibility of the donut shop opening a location within the Basehor city limits last spring. Basehor Daylight Donuts had 1,000 Facebook likes before the doors opened. 

On the store’s grand opening day, a local news crew unexpectedly showed up and Cameron said the store went through “a billion or two” donuts the first day. 

Donuts for all Daylight Donut locations are produced in Lansing, and the delivery crew made multiple trips to keep up with demand in Basehor.  

The store finally ran out at 5 p.m., just an hour before the store closed.

Cameron stressed the local connection to the new store. The coffee beans are often warm when they are delivered from The Roasterie, just being roasted earlier in the day. The flour for the donuts comes from wheat fields of Arkansas City, Kansas. Shatto milk in their signature glass containers is also available at the donut shop.  

The store has about 10 employees including Cameron’s wife and mom as well as several Basehor residents.  

Basehor resident Gayla Mock and her daughter Sarah have already enjoyed some of the donuts. Sarah convinced her grandmother to take her for a donut after school the first day the store opened. The next day, Sarah wanted to bring her mom Gayla to taste the donuts.

“When we got here, there were at least 30 people in line and the drive-thru was also packed,” Gayla said. “It didn’t take us long, maybe just 10 minutes or so to get our donuts. There are plenty of people working here, so that is nice. I’m really glad for Basehor and the residents that this shop opened up here.”

The store is located at 15518 Pinehurst Drive, just south of 155th and State Avenue, and features a drive-thru as well as seating for about 30 customers. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special orders and catering will also be available.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com