After 33 years in the doughnut business, San Jose couple closing their shop

Doughnuts have been a lifeline for the Lim family.

For the past 33 years, Chip Lim has arrived well before dawn each morning to start baking at the shop he and his wife, Sara, own at the corner of Union and Camden avenues in San Jose’s Cambrian district.

This Sunday, they’ll sell their last chocolate glazed, old-fashioned and apricot jam-filled doughnuts and turn out the lights at Sunny Donuts. A slowdown in sales during this coronavirus year has accelerated their retirement plans, said son Ben Lim, who — along with brother Howard and sister Emily — grew up working in this family business.

  • SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 09: A photograph taken in the late ‘80s of Sunny Donuts owner Chip Lim is held by Lim for a portrait on Oct. 9, 2020, in San Jose, Calif. Sunny Donuts is closing on this Sunday, Oct. 11. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News

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