Adams Donuts, a ‘Greenfield landmark,’ announces closure

  • Adams Donuts on Federal Street in Greenfield is now closed permanently. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Adams Donuts on Federal Street in Greenfield is now closed permanently. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Adams Donuts on Federal Street in Greenfield is now closed permanently. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Adams Donuts owner Carrie Brown waits on customers in February of 2015. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Adams Donuts owner Carrie Brown waits on customers in February of 2015. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/7/2020 2:21:07 PM

GREENFIELD — For as long as Mike Conway can remember, Adams Donuts has been a Greenfield landmark.

“Off and on, I’d go in there,” said Conway, a lifelong resident of Greenfield. For his father, who has since died, it was like a second home.

In more recent years, Conway could be found at the Federal Street doughnut shop on Friday and Saturday mornings, where he regularly met his uncle for an early morning breakfast.

“You see the regulars, and you see the ones who come in to order donuts to take out,” Conway said. “It was always a busy place.”

When he left for the last time March 21 — the last day the shop was open before it closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic — he wished owner Carrie Brown well, and said he hoped to be back soon.

On Tuesday morning, however, the shop announced in a Facebook post that it will not be reopening.

“It is with a very heavy heart and a lot of consideration, under these circumstances, Adams Donuts will be closing its doors,” the post states. “For over 50 years we have had loyal patrons and regular customers, who we would like to thank for always coming in, and we are very sorry that we could not make this work to keep our doors open.”

Brown was contacted Tuesday, but was unavailable for comment by press time.

“Carrie had a good business,” Conway said. “But I’m sure it was a rough decision for her to close.”

Richanne Stutz, who currently lives in East Windsor, Conn., said the doughnut shop was a beloved place for her and her grandfather, a regular customer who lived on Cleveland Street. They used to stop at the shop before heading out of town for the day to go deep-sea fishing together.

“We’d grab a half-dozen Boston creams,” she said, recalling her visits with her grandfather in the mid- to late-1970s. “He would order a coffee, and I’d watch them make the doughnuts.”

She said the people behind the counter were always so friendly.

“They were near and dear to our hearts,” she said.

Though no longer living in the area, Stutz has traveled back to Greenfield to order one of her grandfather’s favorites, a Boston cream.

Diana Szynal, president of Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, said she was saddened to hear Adams Donuts had announced it won’t reopen its doors.

“Everybody’s going to be so sad to hear that,” Szynal said. “It’s been a real institution here in Franklin County.”

She applauded the shop’s “great run” — more than 50 years in the Greenfield community.

The shop, which first launched in Brattleboro, Vt. in the mid-1930s, has sold doughnuts on Greenfield’s Federal Street since 1965, according to Greenfield Recorder archives.

Conway said he’ll miss getting to socialize with regulars over coffee and — what he would argue — are the best breakfast sandwiches in town.

“(Brown) knew her customers — what they put in their coffee and what kind of doughnuts they got,” Conway said. “That’s an important thing when you own a business: know your customers and treat them well.”

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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