Photography by Stephanie Bruno Photography – Stephanie is a local Austin photographer that offers product, editorial, and lifestyle photography services.
So excited to announce the top secret project I’ve been working on for the past couple of months, SHOP KOKO. Shop Koko is my very own retail line of foodie tees starting with a donut boobie tee, queso tee, and fries tee. To celebrate the launch of Shop Koko, I partnered up with The Refinery to host the Museum of Donuts to celebrate all things donuts for my very first tee, the donut boobie tee!
We originally had planned to just have the event from 11am – 1pm but tickets sold out in 24 HOURS! So many people were begging to get into Museum of Donuts so we opened up round 2 and that sold out in ONE HOUR. We also launched a round 3.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 680 people came to celebrate Museum of Donuts
- 2650 donuts served from all local Austin donut shops
- 650 boozy iced lattes
- 666 SHOP KOKO tees printed
- 8 Instagrammable photo installations
- #teamdonut of 4 gals – me, Madison, Dani, & Hayley
- #teamdad of 4 dads – (mine, Madison, Dani, & Hayley’s dad helped deliver the turf) came to help us set up!
- 48 hours to transform The Refinery into Museum of Donuts
- 8 hours of Museum of Donuts before it was torn down
〰️ #kokoIRL no 2. I hate teamwork I’ve never been a fan of teamwork – either people don’t do the work good enough or they take too long. When I getting ready to launch #shopkoko and just started talking to @thedanicreative @hayleyjswindell of @therefineryatx & @thecarbnivore – I was so worried on being a collaborative team player. In one month, we dreamed up #museumofdonuts, designed it, built it, and made it happen. Putting together everyone’s strengths and weaknesses is what made this possible. Even having everyone’s Dad come (my dad made the 3-hour drive from Port Lavaca & Dani’s dad made the 3-hour drive from DFW!) to help us out was heartwarming. That wasn’t planned! When the dads were putting up the Museum of Donuts sign, they joked it should be Museum of Dads. Even the bfs and fiancees slaved away as we gave everyone their marching orders (who runs the world?! 😉) We had 48 hours to transform @therefineryatx into the #museumofdonuts and building for 12-hours non-stop until 1am on Friday night and Saturday night, I felt like crying and had my doubts. We were even inflating balloons 30 mins before the doors open. But somehow, with all us working together, #museumofdonuts was created and we housed 680 people on Sunday! TY to the dream donut team @thedanicreative @hayleyjswindell of @therefineryatx & @thecarbnivore. 👯♀️👯♀️
Thank you, everyone, that came to Museum of Donuts to celebrate the launch of SHOP KOKO! I am over the moon and can’t wait for what’s next!
Table of Contents
Welcome to the Shop Koko pop-up at The Refinery shop during Museum of Donuts! Shop Koko has officially launched online and you can shop the tees in-person at The Refinery shop.
BEST DONUTS IN AUSTIN
We had 2650 donuts from all of our local Austin donut shops – talk about a sugar high!
I’m a regular at Hank’s because it’s so close to my neighborhood and I love the mint iced lattes and their brioche donuts!
5811 Berkman Dr, hanksaustin.com
BOUGIE’S DONUTS & COFFEE
Small batch, handmade donuts every day at Bougie’s – love their maple bacon, strawberry homer, and double berry (pictured above). Bougie’s also has gluten-free donuts.
5400 Brodie Ln, bougiesdonuts.com
GOURDOUGH’S PUBLIC HOUSE
Gourdough’s brought their edible donut wall to Museum of Donuts and it was a huge hit. You can rent their donut wall for weddings and events! Gourdough’s made their famous donuts hot out of the fryer from their 1967 airstream trailer parked outside the Refinery.
2700 S Lamar Blvd, 1503 S 1st St, 5000 Burnet Rd, gourdoughs.com
Buttermilk donuts, cake donuts, and you can even get customized donuts! I’ve ordered custom donuts from Master Donuts with my friend’s name spelled out and they were so cute.
6100 E Riverside Dr #103, masterdonutsatx.com
THE COFFEEHOUSE AT CAROLINE
Caroline made these adorable donut holes that were the perfect drink toppers. I love their pink donut at the coffee shop!
621 Congress Ave, carolinerestaurant.com
Mini-donuts hot out of the fryer in the cutest pink bag – visit Little Lucy’s adorable hot pink truck on Rainey Street.
74 Rainey St, littlelucys.com
BOOZY ICED LATTE BAR
And with those delicious donuts, we washed them down the boozy iced lattes. Not just any iced lattes, iced horchata lattes!
Chameleon Cold-Brew, local Austin company that makes the best organic cold-brew coffee, combined with Chila ‘Orchata, Puerto Rican rum with real dairy cream, Tahitian vanilla, and cinnamon, and ice was the perfect pairing!
All guests received a Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee pod – just add water and steep in the fridge overnight and you’ll have organic cold-brew coffee ready in the morning – and a mini bottle of Chila ‘Orchata. Your morning coffee will never be the same again.
DONUT INSTAGRAMMABLE INSTALLATIONS
We had so much fun dreaming up the Instagrammable photo installations for Musem of Donuts and worked so hard to bring them to life.
Yep, those are real sprinkles on the Museum of Donuts sign!
Thank you GivePulse for coordinating volunteers!!
DONUT KILL OUR VIBE
Head past the donuts and go straight to the donut pool into the ball pit. This was my favorite installation that we dreamed up and it had the longest line!
Everyone had so much fun snapping GIFS with the Simple Booth HALO®. If you’re hosting an event, I highly recommend renting one!
EDIBLE DONUT WALL
Gourdough’s edible donut wall was a huge hit at the party that’s available for weddings and events! Check out their catering menu here.
Take a swing on the donut swing for the ‘gram.
DONUT STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Guests lined up for a photo opp on the donut stairway to heaven with their boozy iced lattes!
Thanks everyone for celebrating with us! Shout out to Dani Parsons for dreaming up Museum of Donuts and bring all the graphics to life!
Event photography by Stephanie Bruno