Monday, June 26, 2006

Small Town News - Dunkin' Donuts

In the southern portion of our town there is a fork in the road. Looking north towards town, the right fork becomes Main Street and the left veers one block away from the center of town towards the firehouse. There is a property in crotch of the fork that has antique and new Irish and Indonesian wooden furniture for sale. The proprietor travels to both places at least annually to purchase his goods. It is a lovely shop with quality merchandise, as well as unusual finds, and we have purchased things there. The Irish furniture is traditional; china cabinets, dining room tables, chairs, etcetera. the Indonesian stuff is exotic and unusual; mahogany trunks inlaid with mother of pearl, hand carved chairs, whole prayer rooms and walls. He also had a set of Indonesian musical instruments. His house is on the left across the street. On the right side of the street is a baseball field. Everywhere else is residential. Behind his shop, towards town, is the Congregational Church.

Apparently Dunkin’ Donuts was eyeing the spot for a foothold in our area. They had met with Planning and Zoning and the local proprietor to discuss moving into the fork. What happened depends on who you ask. The proprietor indicated that he turned them down because he didn’t want a drive through business in front of his house. The P&Z indicated that they turned them down because they don’t allow strip malls in our town and Dunkin’ Donuts also wanted to pair their store with Baskin Robbins and another shop.

The Dunkin' Donuts in Barcelona Spain

The proprietor is still looking to sell his store. But at least as long as he is alive we should be able to get something nice there at the fork.

Dunkin’ Donuts has settled on another location in the next town, so we dodged this bullet this time. But those ominous gleaming eyes are focusing evermore on our little town...

6 comments:

jared said...

Love the small town news entries. Very original.

Sue said...

I am so glad that someone likes them. My sister won't even read them. I was worried that I was boring everyone to death. They are all true and will get more interesting from here on out. Everyone here is town is just buzzing about them. Town gossip you know. Thanks Jared!

David said...

Mmmmmmmm, donuts.

Sue said...

Oh David! We already have two local bakeries that make donuts just fine. What we don't have in town is espresso, but I won't tell anyone if you don't. I'd rather have a Starbucks than Dunkin' Donuts.

mr tickle said...

I'm sure with the P&Z policies in place, and people like you and the proprietor guarding the fort, the strip mall vermin would have no choice but to scuttle away like little rodents from your nice quiet town.

Sue said...

Ah, Aron, but wait. You give the P&Z too much credit. We do have strip mallish places in town. I think the proprietor drove them away.