Today is National Donut Day, and retail bakeries across the country are celebrating this special event with creative promotions.

At Cold Spring Bakery in Cold Spring, Minnesota, “Happy National Donut Day! Come in for your free Glazed Raised Donut with a purchase. What is your favorite Donut?”

At Fox’s Donut Den in Nashville, Tennessee, “Coming back to the land of the blue birds to announce that we are celebrating 50 years of serving the Nashville community. Come by on Friday, #NationalDonutDay, for some fun!”

At Eighty 8 Donut Cafe in Portland, Maine, “We specialize in Bite-Sized Made-to-Order Donuts – dusted with sugar, dipped in strawberry or topped with bacon – all designed to make you smile!”

Colorado's only Duck Donuts location, which is in Johnstown, Colorado near Sheels, is offering free cinnamon sugar donuts with no purchase necessary.

Groovy Donuts in East Lansing, Michigan, is promoting extended hours – open until 4 p.m. today – to celebrate National Donut Day. Customers can get a free Classic donut when they place a pre-order of $10 or more for Friday, June 2.

Sweet House Bakery in Rochester, Minnesota, encourages guests to stop by from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and use The Salvation Army’s coupon to enjoy buy-one-get-one free donuts. Donuts are $1.50 all day. Plus, on June 9, the bakery celebrates its birthday with special giveaways.

At Stewart’s Shops in Saratoga Springs, New York, guests are encouraged to “try out our delicious variety of donuts like classic Glazed, Chocolate Glazed, Chocolate Frosted, Boston Crème, and more. Have you tried our seasonal Orange Donuts? If you’re feeding a crowd, pick up a 6-pack of donuts.”

Donut fans are encouraged to head to any one of three metro Atlanta locations of Dough in the Box “for a FREE glazed doughnut on Friday, June 2, 2023. No purchase necessary!” The giveaway was announced via each Dough in the Box store’s individual Facebook page

Rising to the challenge

Juan and Alma Maravilla reflect on their numeous blessings for many reasons. Their business, Maravilla’s Bakery, continues to grow in Salem, Oregon, weathering the ups and downs of business cycles and especially factors outside of their control such as the recent Covid pandemic. In the aftermath, staffing remains one of their biggest challenges. Many workers did not want to come back to work after Covid. And commodity prices went up after the pandemic. “I was afraid we might not be able to keep up,” Alma recalls, points out that eggs, milk, sugar, and flour all witnessed severe price hikes.

But having a consistent and reliable bakery supplier in BakeMark helps the bakery immensely, the bakery owners agree.

“To keep our customers coming back is important to us,” Alma says with pride. “Time is also important. For me, it is important to recognize all that we have been through and how special what we have now is to our local community.”

Today, the business is flourishing again, thanks to a wider variety of flavors and choices, including an expanded beverage business and an expanded donut program. 

“We are both very proud of our parents,” says their son, Mauricio, and daughter, Paola. “What they are experiencing now is the challenge to bring back positive memories for our customers – our extended family.”

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