June 9, 2015

Celebrating Doughnuts in Downtown Albany

Albany, NY…Friday, June 5, 2015 is National Doughnut Day. Celebrations and promotions are being offered from two downtown Albany retailers: Cider Belly Doughnuts and Dunkin Donuts. Cider Belly will be giving away mini doughnuts and samples of their new doughnut sundaes today from Noon to 2:00 PM. Samples will be based on a first-come first-serve basis, one sample per customer. Dunkin Donuts will be offering free donuts with any beverage purchase, featuring their new cookie flavored ice coffee and coolata drinks.

According to Jennifer Novak, co-owner of Cider Belly Doughnuts, “We will be celebrating National Doughnut Day by delivering over 1,000 doughnuts to people all over Capital Region who are stuck at work, at home or in the hospital as part of Cider Belly’s We Feel Your Pain Campaign. The We Feel Your Pain Campaign was created as a way to show appreciation to people who work tirelessly, are often underappreciated, or simple can’t get down to the store to indulge in a real doughnut.”

“Each week Cider Belly has quietly delivered doughnuts to workers they appreciate,” explains Georgette Steffens, executive director, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District. “Since opening last August in Downtown, the company has given away over 10,000 doughnuts (or bellys). A tradition they plan on continuing for years to come, it’s just one example of how businesses located within the District support one another and the community at large.”

According to Time magazine, National Doughnut Day began in 1938 by the Chicago chapter of the Salvation Army to raise awareness for the organization and to recognize the women who volunteered to make doughnuts during World War I for soldiers overseas.

In downtown Albany, the two doughnut shops are located on North Pearl Street with Cider Belly Doughnuts at 25 N Pearl Street and Dunkin Donuts at 39 N Pearl Street.

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