For more than 70 years, the Rolling Pin Pastry Shop has been a staple in the Owensboro community. Kathy and Roger Farmer are third generation owners of the Rolling Pin and they don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.
Gearing up for the holidays keeps the Farmers and their staff pretty busy these days. Every day, approximately 30 varieties of doughnuts are made fresh at the bakery — with their famous chocolate long john being the constant best seller.
Along with their traditional glazed doughnuts, cinnamon twists and long johns, Rolling Pin also serves some seasonal varieties.
“We just finished up apple cinnamon, but we still have pumpkin doughnuts,” Kathy said. “We also carry red velvet year-round, but I think of it as a Christmas doughnut.”
Kathy said she sees a lot of people coming into town for the holidays and buying doughnuts for their family and friends or buying them before they get on the road for their travels.
In addition to doughnuts, the Rolling Pin also offers individual holiday-themed sugar cookies, Christmas cookie trays and party biscuits. They also bake traditional cookies, muffins, brownies and other treats.
“We actually make our party biscuits year-round, but we sell a lot more of them around this time of year,” Kathy said. “People get those to put their own ham, turkey or brisket on it. They are just delicious.”
Their reputation for doughnuts aside, the Farmers think their location is also a big factor in their success.
“We are located in the heart of Owensboro,” she said. “We are close to 54, close to Frederica Street and the bypass. This is our home; we do plan on staying right here in this location.”
Kathy said she and Roger hope that, 10 years from now, the business is still able to continue in some capacity whether they are still here or not.
“We are very grateful for Owensboro,” Kathy said. “Owensboro just embraces us. It’s a neat feeling that people come and make time to stop and come here. We appreciate it. We try hard to continue to offer the best quality of service.”
To place an order visit the Rolling Pin at 1129 E. 18th St., or call 270-683-8363.