Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

"Commonwealth" (and Dunkin' Donuts)

Eric came up and got us for the unveiling of the new portrait of the last Dean. He says he prefers the portraits of them in suits as opposed to in their robes. They had cinnamon sticks with the hot apple cider in the reception. Also assorted "tea breads." I didn't try the pumpkin and wasn't impressed by the apple but liked the maple a lot. Eric had one bite of his and literally went to spit it out -- so I got the rest of his :)
Edit: Later I had some leftover pumpkin bread and yes, yum. /edit

Conversation with Prof.D. and the FAs during said reception prompted research into "commonwealth" and Dunkin' Donuts (vs. Starbucks -- in terms of size).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_%28United_States%29
Four of the constituent states of the United States officially designate themselves Commonwealths: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. This designation, which has no constitutional impact, emphasizes that they have a "government based on the common consent of the people" as opposed to one legitimized through their earlier Royal Colony status that was derived from the King of England. (The word commonwealth is of English derivation and refers to the common "weal" or welfare of the public.) In common parlance, people do not make the distinction between state or commonwealth.

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https://www.dunkindonuts.com/aboutus/company/

In 1950, Bill Rosenberg opened the first Dunkin' Donuts shop in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dunkin' Donuts licensed the first of many franchises in 1955.
Dunkin' Donuts is the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, serving more than 2.7 million customers per day. Dunkin' Donuts sells 52 varieties of donuts and more than a dozen coffee beverages as well as an array of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods.
There are over 6,000 Dunkin' Donuts worldwide in 30 countries. In the U.S. there are over 4,400 Dunkin' Donuts locations across 36 states. Internationally, there are over 1,700 Dunkin' Donuts locations in 29 countries. Dunkin' Donuts' most significant presence overseas is in the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand.

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The Starbucks Company Fact Sheet (PDF linked from http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/overview.asp) indicates that Starbucks is about the same size as Dunkin’ in terms of number of stores.

UNITED STATES LOCATIONS
50 states, plus the District of Columbia
5,393 Company-operated coffeehouses
2,952 licensed locations

INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS
36 countries outside of the United States
Company-operated: 1,357 coffeehouses, including Company-operated, in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Southern China, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
Joint Venture and Licensed locations: 2,082 in Austria, Bahrain, Beijing, Canada, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau S.A.R., Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, People’s Republic of China (Shanghai/Eastern China), Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Bahamas and United Arab Emirates
Eric replied "Yeah, but you try finding a Dunkin Donuts in New York City." I am curious as to which their 36 states are, but hello store finder.
Tags: food, future reference librarian
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