the uprising story: Fresh, Friendly & fantastic
Owner Donnie Simpson Jr. got the idea for Uprising Muffin Company while working in production at CBS radio. Each Friday morning, a weekly muffin delivery arrived at the station, spreading joy across the office. Food always brought people together—even a group of coworkers after a long week.
Donnie sought to bring those same feelings of happiness and camaraderie to the greater Washington area. Having never worked in the food business, his first move was to trade in The Morning Show for an entry-level position at a local Starbucks to begin his hospitality industry education. He learned all he could about retail operations by day before continuing his research by night at the library.
And so it went for three years. Donnie led a triple-life serving customers each morning, stitching together a business plan at night, and taste-testing recipes with his wife and kids every spare minute in between. He worked his way up to manager at Starbucks, until, when he could delay the news of the grand opening no longer, told his boss, “By the way, I’m going to be in the Washington Post tomorrow.”
Uprising Muffin Company opened the doors to its DC based retail location in the spring of 2014. Baristas and chefs committed to the two things Donnie himself cared most about: Be kind to every customer and bake everything from scratch. Chefs and baristas alike stayed with Uprising for years, slowly adding items to the menu and making the shop a morning routine in the neighborhood.
In the summer of 2018, Donnie decided to close doors on the retail location to redirect the company’s focus to catering, wholesale and internet sales. From its new commercial kitchen space, Uprising bakes America’s best muffins fresh daily.