“It was a good three and half year run, we fought the good fight, but we can’t keep going,” said owner Daniel Knight about the impending closure of the doughnut shop, Blue Collar Joe’s in Daleville on March 18. Knight spoke of the economy, personal trials, including surviving a house fire, and bad press as contributing to the end of the shop.
Last year he thought it looked like the shop had a future. After getting extra financing from selling the building to a bank and big publicity making doughnuts on The Food Network when the episode debuted in April 2011, Knight opened a second location in downtown Roanoke at The Patrick Henry Hotel. In August 2011 a high brow version called “Uptown Joe’s ” opened.
A champion of dog adoption, often hosting events to adopt or raise funds in a jar by the register, Knight tried to be a part of the community with his business. Frequently, Blue Collar Joe Gift Cards appeared in school and civic raffle baskets.
Since the doughnuts were made in Daleville, Uptown Joe’s will continue as a coffee and sandwich shop, he noted. No more Botetourt Bogs or blueberry or bacon doughnuts.
Knight concluded, “The community welcomed us and we appreciate all of the support since our opening.” And so goodbye to Blue Collar Joe’s. Knight also said he is looking for a job.
On Friday March 9, he said he will post more on the closure on the Blue Collar Joe Facebook page.