The Keep It Local Maine Podcast

Episode 40: Jeff Buckwalter - CEO & Co-Owner of The Holy Donut

May 27, 2021

In this episode, we had a sweet talk with Jeff Buckwalter, the CEO and Co-Owner of The Holy Donut! We talked about how he came to be part of the business, why their donuts are delicious, lobster donuts, how they give back to the community as a company, how he defines success, and much more!



Jeff moved to Maine from Illinois as a freshman in high school, growing up in Farmington and attending Mt. Blue High School. He then went to University of Maine in Orono where he met his wife Elizabeth to whom he’s been married to for 21 years.  He joined the family business founded by his sister-in-law, Leigh Kellis, in 2013 when they had just one location on Park Avenue in Portland.  They now have 3 locations and are building out their newest location in Portland's Old Port with plans to continue to grow the brand.  In his down time, he loves spending time outdoors and has a passion for fly fishing, bow hunting and exploring wild places in Maine's north woods.

Learn more about the The Holy Donut at as well as purchase gift cards or place take-out orders! Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as well.



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This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit, or follow them on Facebook.

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