Mark and Michael Klebeck have brought their popular doughnut and coffee café to Tacoma’s Proctor Station
Walking into the picturesque café that is Top Pots Hand-Forged Doughnuts and Coffee, you immediately are sent into a sugar high by the delectable scent that fills the room. The copious amounts of bookshelves lining the walls, exposed ceilings, and abundance of seating makes this a café that one could stay in for hours — let alone there are dozens of mouth watering doughnuts to choose from.
The newest Top Pot Doughnuts, located in the Proctor Station building, is one of 20 locations in Western Washington and Texas, but the first location in the South Sound. The Proctor location opened in early June and has been a setting where co-founders (and brothers) Michael and Mark Klebeck have wanted to expand to.
“(We) grew up in south Tacoma — Lakewood. We have many ties to the community. There and lots of friends still living in the Tacoma area. Even though we moved to Seattle 30 years ago, we have always wanted to open one of our stores in the town we grew up in,” said Mark Klebeck. “Opening a Top Pot café in Tacoma is a proud accomplishment for us and a nice homecoming.”
The first Top Pot location opened in February 2002 on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The neon sign hanging on the storefront at this location is a piece of a serendipitous full-circle story.
“I believe we purchased this (sign) 4 – 5 years prior to incorporating it as the sign for our first storefront on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The sign itself was from an old boarded up Chinese restaurant called “Topspot,” which was located in Seattle’s Rainier Valley,” Mark Klebeck said.
The sign lived in their mom’s backyard after the purchase until they had a need in their first store for one. The “Topspot” dimensions fit the building parapet perfectly and by dropping the “s,” Top Pot Doughnuts became the name of the store — now franchise — and the neon sign is still lit.
Top Pot is set to open another location in the South Sound later this month, in University Place.