By Pat Maurer
Clare’s world famous Cops and Doughnuts set a couple more records this week.
The 118-year-old bakery shipped paczki to all 50 states and to Washington D.C. last Friday, just in time for “Fat Tuesday.”
“It’s the first time in history that we know of, that a Clare business has shipped a product to all of the states and Washington in the same day,” said Manager, and retired Clare officer Greg Rynearson Wednesday. “We mailed out almost 2,000 paczki. This may have never happened before.”
They also set a record for the number of those treats that were sold. The total for Friday and Tuesday was a little over 14,000, Rynearson. “We had sold out, except for a few prune paczki, by 6 p.m. on Tuesday.”
Rynearson added, “Now we only have a few days to rest up before Clare’s Irish Festival and our busiest day of the whole year.”
One of the longest running businesses in the city, the Clare City Bakery, had been in constant operation since 1896. It was within weeks of closing its doors forever in 2009 when the city’s “cops came to the rescue.”
Nine full time Clare City Police officers – Chief Dwayne Miedzianowski, Alan White, David Saad, Greg Rynearson, Brian Gregory, Greg Kolhoff and Jeremy McGraw – all got together and bought the business.
Their crazy attempt to keep a tradition going has been wildly successful and since then, the business has boomed and spread out on either side, winning many awards as it has grown.
“Cops and Doughnuts” and Clare is now famous all over the country and even internationally, not just as the site of the Doherty Hotel, but as the home of a unique bakery, a coffee and gift shop, almost a police museum and even a café.