Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dunkin or Dunkin Donuts?

I may sound like a stereotypical New Englander, but when I was growing up there was always one thing I could always rely on. Dunkin Donuts. One of the reasons why I knew I could always rely on my favorite coffee shop is because of how many there were.

Before I wrote this I did a quick google map search of my parents address in Rhode Island and Dunkin

Donuts and 40 locations were within a 5-mile radius.

Insane? Maybe. Needed? Most likely.

For those of you that never been to the east coast the reality is that they are everywhere especially in New England.

The demand for the coffee chain is an equal match for the amount of locations.

Even when I was going to college in New Hampshire in a town smaller than Kasson, we had our own Dunkin Donuts.

I remember Saturday mornings and before 8 a.m. classes that store would be jam packed that you would have thought it was free coffee day.

When we traveled for track meets in college we would usually have to load up on the bus at ungodly early hours and the most important question before we left was whether or not we would have time to stop at Dunkin before we made our way to whatever location we were going to.

The answer was usually yes.

When I moved to St. James after I graduated from college, I remember one of the biggest things was that for the first time in my life I lived in a town that didn’t have its own Dunkin Donuts.

Was I nervous? A little.

During the last year and a half that I lived in Minnesota, I realized that Dunks is no where close to as popular as it was on the east coast.

On the east coast, I knew maybe a couple of different people who didn’t like it while in

Minnesota I have dozen of friends that haven’t been there before or don’t like it.

In fact, the reality was that the closest Dunks for me in St. James was in Mankato a good 45 minute trip away.

When I visit Rhode Island a couple of times a year, I make sure I get my fix of Dunkin

Donuts by going there at least once a day and sometimes twice to get my favorite, a large iced coffee extra cream extra sugar and usually a bacon egg and cheese on a plain bagel.

Thinking about this makes me even more excited now about going home for Christmas!

Was this one of my biggest culture shocks that I faced?


Like many times in life, I had to learn to adapt and accept change.

For many Dunkin Donut fans like myself we also have to accept the changes made by

the company in changing the companies name from Dunkin Donuts to simply Dunkin.

Whether it’s Dunkin Donuts, Dunkin or any other similar name I will always be a loyal fan.

Even if the closest one to me is a few miles away.





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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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