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Dawn Donuts

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Dawn Donuts started out as a bakery in 1920 in Jackson, MI. "Dawn" referred to the time that the bakers started working. There were at least 49 Michigan locations at one time. I don't know how many of these pointy-roofed buildings were built in the early 1960s but there are only 10 left now. Dunkin' Donuts bought the chain in 1991. Dunkin' only operates in one of the former Dawn Donuts buildings now (see below). Dawn Donuts still survives as Dawn Food Products, a wholesale producer of bakery mixes. For more, see this website.

Dawn Donuts
Waterford, MI
Dawn Donuts [building gone]
Flint, MI
The Waterford location was still open when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2013, the building was still there but vacant. [map]

The Flint location was the last Dawn Donuts location still in operation in one of these pointy roofed buildings. The building was demolished in 2013. It was replaced with a new building combining Dawn Donuts and Subway. The "Baker Boy" sign still remains. It is the last one left on public display. There may be one of these signs at a museum in Washington state. A few others are in private collections. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Dawn Donuts
Saginaw, MI
2005: 2011:
This location was built in 1960. It closed in 2008 and the sign was removed. In 2014, the building was still vacant. [map]

Dunkin' Donuts
former Dawn Donuts
Jackson, MI
Dunkin' Donuts
former Dawn Donuts
Battle Creek, MI
Dunkin' Donuts
former Dawn Donuts
Midland, MI
The Jackson, Battle Creek and Midland Dawn Donuts buildings all housed Dunkin' Donuts locations when these photos were taken in 2011. Since 2012, the Battle Creek location has housed Tom's Donuts. The Midland location closed in 2012. I believe the building is still vacant as of 2014. [Jackson map]; [Battle Creek map]; [Midland map]

former Dawn Donuts
Portage, MI
This Portage location was last occupied by MacKenzie's Bakery. The building has been vacant since at least 2008. These photos are from 2011. I believe the building is still vacant as of 2014. [map]

Metro PCS
former Dawn Donuts
Saginaw, MI
Quiznos
former Dawn Donuts [gone]
Bay City, MI
This Saginaw location now houses a Metro PCS store. It housed the Taste of India restaurant before that. [map]

The Bay City location was built in 1964. It closed around 1992. The building housed a Quiznos restaurant from late 1990s until 2012. The building was demolished in 2012 for a car dealership expansion.

Bell's Pizza
former Dawn Donuts
East Lansing, MI
Windchill Donut Shop
former Dawn Donuts
Port Huron, MI
The East Lansing location has housed Bell's Greek Pizza for many years. [map]

The Port Huron location has housed the Windchill Donut Shop since at least 2001. [map]

Don's Donuts
former Dawn Donuts
Northwood, OH
Don's Donuts occupies this former Dawn Donuts building. The sign was adapted and still uses Dawn's diamond motif. This location has been around since 1964 as mentioned in this advertisement for two locations in Toledo, OH. There was probably a Baker Boy sign here as well. [map]

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