Simone’s Donuts began around the 1980s and has seen three owners in its history. The third and most recent owners are the Eap family from Thailand and Cambodia. They took over operations in 2003. This wall has photos of the store and its customers from the first year Simone’s Donuts was in operation. Some customers come to specially see the wall with pictures of their family and friends.
Baker Alan Ek, 33, has been working at Simone’s Donuts for a year and a half now. He works the night shift from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Alan frosts traditional cake doughnuts with chocolate, top, then caramel, continuing down, vanilla, strawberry and orange cream frosting.
A little girl points at the artistic holiday doughnut specials that Melissa Eap, the store manager, designed. Melissa dreamed of becoming an animator, and studied animation at California State University, Long Beach. For her, managing and taking over the family business was never the plan. But somehow her parents convinced her to carry the family business.
Alan Ek hustles to restock the front of the store with traditional cake doughnuts, while Tony Gea needs dough, back. They make doughnuts two to three times a day, depending on the demand. Simone’s Donuts often receives large orders from local restaurants in the area. For example, Saint & Second on Second Street in Belmont Shore orders six dozen apple fritters to make a dessert on their menu called “Donuts & Coffee.”
James Chow is a fourth year journalism and communication studies major and has written for the Daily 49er for nearly two years. He has worked in various positions for the publication, including staff writer, assistant news editor and news editor. Chow’s coverage for the Daily 49er spans across Associated Students Inc. student government, the Cal State system, Long Beach community politics and campus life. He currently hosts and produces the Daily 49er’s news podcast, “Beach Weekly.” By the time his presence on earth comes to an end, Chow plans to have his ashes turned into a tree in an effort to stifle global warming and to say he did his part in the university’s Imagine Beach 2030 initiative. Post-academic career, he plans to continue writing human interest and lifestyle stories for local magazines. Chow loves one of his two dogs, has a budding collection of NBA jerseys and enjoys spending his free time on eBay.