Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Psycho Wins Metro Best Of; More on Monsters and Mayhem

Psycho Donuts is thrilled to receive the honor of Best Donut Shop - in the Metro’s Best Of Silicon Valley 2009 . Psycho Donuts also took Silver for Best Desserts, along with a staff award for “Absolute Weirdest Place to See a Show.” Now that's an award Psycho Donuts was destined to win!

Thanks to all of our fans for the nominations, and to our psycho friends at The Metro for all their support since our insane birth.

Everyone has been asking about Monsters and Mayhem. We'll often hear questions like, "What is Monsters and Mayhem?" or "What's a Mayhem?" We're here to answer all your questions:

Monsters and Mayhem – A Psycho Extravaganza

Saturday, October 3; 10am – 2pm

This one-of-a-kind event is the formal launch of Halloween at Psycho Donuts. Naturally, Halloween is the entire month of October at Psycho Donuts. Many people have said, “I keep meaning to check out Psycho Donuts, but just haven’t made it there yet.” This is the day to come and check out Psycho Donuts in all it's bizarre glory!
But you're still thinking... "what is Monsters and Mayhem?"

First and foremost, Monsters and Mayhem is a Halloween-inspired art show. Expect original painting of monsters and ghouls. Be very scared! Many of our artists will be there in person to open their dark souls and share their deranged inspiration. Meet local Bay Area artists, such as:
Carlos Villez, Christine Benjamin, Chuck Hodi, Dave Higgins, Lacey Bryant, Mary Medrano, Michael Foley, Murphy Adams, Tracy Cox, Trina Merry, and Nicolas Caesar.

And speaking of Nic Caesar… Nic will be sketching Werewolf Portraits – live - in person at Monsters and Mayhem. Ever wonder what you’d look like under the influence of a Werewolf bite and a full moon? Come to Monsters and Mayhem - and find out!

At Monsters and Mayhem, you can win two free tickets to The Haunted Haight Walking Tour in San Francisco. Be the first to purchase any piece of artwork and the tickets are yours (and now, a note from our Psycho lawyers - qualifying art purchase must occur during the published hours of Monsters and Mayhem – minimum art purchase of $60 required for entry; prize has no cash value, winner may be asked to do something embarrasing).

At Monsters and Mayhem, the art will please your eyes, and Please Do Not Fight will indulge your ears. We’re excited to have PDNF’s original indie-alternative music as a backdrop to this quirky, unusual day at Psycho Donuts.

And finally, how would you like to win this quirky piece of original art, entitled Frankie’s Bride, by Psycho artist, Christine Benjamin. It’s easy to win – simply sign up for The Psycho Mobile Fan Club, by texting “PSYCHO” to 244326. You’ll receive occasional promotions, offers, and propositions (ok, no propositions) from Psycho Donuts on your cell phone (no fee to join, text messaging fees may apply). The Psycho Mobile Fan Club is a killer service of FanMinder.

We will select the winner randomly on Halloween Day.

Hope to see our old friends and make some new ones at Monsters and Mayhem, Saturday October 3 -- only at Psycho Donuts!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Strawberry Fields and The Donut Pizza!

So your kid's birthday is coming up. Let's see... gotta find a place, invite the people, and buy a Birthday Pizza Donut. A what? That's crazy! And precisely why Psycho Donuts now sells ginormous donuts in a pizza box to make your child's birthday one-of-a-kind. Choose your Psycho toppings, and we'll even write a birthday message in frosting. Donut Pizzas serve 8-10 people -but must be ordered in advance. So call our Nurse on Duty, or come to Psycho Donuts and place your order today.

We are thrilled to announce the addition of a new animal to the Psycho Donuts Zoo. Please extend a warm welcome to Strawberry Fields. From the species Triangulado Donutus, this unusual creature blends in with its natural habitat by donning a clever strawberry icing. To complete its disguise, Stawberry Fields comes covered in freeze dried strawberries. A strawberry pocky stick protects this otherwise tasty creature from predators. This animal is a seasonal addition and will be around through the end of our Halloween festivities. So come and get one today, because Strawberry Fields are not forever.
I recently has the priviledge of meeting our new customer, Samantha. Samantha has Bipolar Disorder, like so many people do. Samantha has this to say: "...Psycho Donuts made me feel like I fit in and there isn't a norm. Life is all about people being different. You made it feel like I didn't have to hide my differences about myself and that your donut shop was a safe place. When people are not understanding of differences it makes people with differences scared of being ridiculed, jugded, and outcasted - causing people to feel ashamed. By creating Psycho Donuts, it allowed people with differences to make light of the difference and realize that there isn't a normal person in this world. I feel that you have brought out awareness to people this is not a taboo subject and everyone is different. Just like depression not too long ago, you couldn't talk about it; now you can -- and not feel ashamed. I believe you are acomplishing important things on a bigger scale with all mental illness. Thanks, Samantha."
Samantha, thanks to you too. Hope to see you soon. Whether you're living with Bipolar Disorder, or in the middle of bi-polar traveling, we hope you'll stop by Psycho Donuts for a visit soon!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

See Christine Benjamin at KALEID Gallery!

Come check our our flagship Psycho artist, Christine Benjamin, this Tuesday night!

Where: KALEID Gallery, 88 S. 4th Street, San Jose, CA. 408-947-1785

WHAT: TWO BUCK Tuesdays $2 art sale, quirky speaker series and a newly added live sketch session!

WHEN: Tuesday September 15th, 6pm - 10pm (speakers begin at 7pm)

FEATURED SPEAKER: - Christine Benjamin will give a demonstration on how she creates her creatures in 3D with needle felting. She started needle felting earlier this year in order to translate her painted characters in 3 dimension. She is currently experimenting with adding other materials to her creations such as wood, wire and found objects.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Halloween Kickoff at Psycho Donuts! Join us!

Hi Psycho Ghouls and Goblins,

I am happy to announce that Halloween at Psycho Donuts will begin officially on October 3! For our first official Halloween, we'll kick it off with something really fun and unusual and in true Psycho Donuts fashion. Here's what you're in for:

Monsters, Mayhem & More
A Psycho Halloween Extravaganza

When: Saturday, October 3, 2009; 10am - 2pm
Where: You KNOW where...

Picture a collision between crazy donuts, a special original art show focused on local artists and original Monster works, in conjunction with live music. We hope you'll mark your calendar and plan to join us!

Get your portrait painted by Nic Caesar - with a twist... It will be a quick sketch portait, portraying what you'd look like as a werewolf...

This, and many other fun surprises await your visit to Psycho donuts on Saturday, October 3!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Nutella The Hun & Psycho Lib Winner!

Nurse Siobhan has been with Psycho Donuts for about a month now. A customer snapped this great picture of Siobhan behind the counter. Come in and meet all of our nurses!

The Slow Poisoner played a set of his unusual one-man band tunes at Psycho Donuts on Friday. He set up shop in front of our infamous 'music studio' and everyone had a great time. Thanks Slow!

One of our newest donuts is Nutella The Hun. This chocolate cake donut is smothered in Nutella - that wonderful hazelnut spread, along with rainbow sprinkles. While it looks like a more traditional donut, the taste is something that Atilla would have killed for!

A big congratulations to the winner of our Psycho Lib contest. Melissa McClendon is the proud winner of a Psycho Donuts tshirt. She turned in the following Psycho Lib (the italized words are the clever ones she came up with).


One day, my parents brought me to Psycho Donuts. I have never seen donuts that taste so flamboyant. My favorite is the sweet corn tamales donut. It’s a strawberry shortcake donut, topped with buns and toes. Some people might think I’m crazy, but I think Psycho Donuts is way better than Gaseous Donuts, down the street.
At Psycho Donuts, I pooped with an Electric Barack Obama, and saw some really mushy skivvies on the walls. The artwork at Psycho Donuts is very sour. The artists create such vacant paintings.

The cashiers at Psycho Donuts are really smelly. The gave me a piece of Jack Skellington to pop. The cashiers are really friendly, and they each dress like a Professional Check Writer.

My parents would rather eat pigs feet than Psycho Donuts. Not me! On my birthday, I am going to bring Psycho Donuts to Disneyland. Someday, I think the owner of Psycho Donuts should open a restaurant called Psycho Sushi.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Hours, New Donuts, Amazing Press, Live Music

Things are jamming at Psycho Donuts. Several awesome things to report!

This Friday and Saturday night (Sept 3 and 4), Psycho Donuts will stay open until 11pm. The music studio will also be open - if you play guitar, stop by and play a song! To help usher in our longer hours, The Slow Poisoner will play a set of deranged tunes, in his one-man-band style, at 6pm on Friday, Sept 4. Come check it out. It's free and it's fun.

Psycho Donuts meets The Creepy KOFY Movie Show this Saturday night, on Bay area KOFY TV 20, at midnight. There are some funny things that happened during the taping of this with local celebrity, No Name.

Crazy new donuts have arrived. Take a look at the Hamburger Donut for starters. And the Cinnamon Troll is an instant hit. Both are great morning donuts.

In other fun news, we're proud to announce that Psycho Donuts was one of three donut shops in the country mentioned in this month's issue of Food Network Magazine! There has been plenty of other news coverage as well. For a change, it seems everyone is happy with Psycho Donuts these days. There is a really funny radio program on Chicago's WGN radio, hosted by Nick Digilio. Nick discovered Psycho Donuts and had some fun with it.
The Psycho Donuts Fan Club is LIVE, thanks to our friends at FanMinder. Wanna get Psycho Donuts specials and promotions via text message? Stop by Psycho Donuts and get a coupon for a free donut, just for signing up!

Recently our good friends, Please Do Not Fight, played a set at Psycho Donuts. Next time they're back at Psycho Donuts, please stop by for a great show!