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Happy National Doughnut Weekend!

But if you asked me about the best doughnuts I’ve ever had, I’ll tell you one thing: It’s totally worth the four-hour drive.

My earliest memory of doughnuts began on a Sunday morning after church — I was one

of those kids who was first in line for coffee and doughnuts after service. I’m not sure who brought them or where they came from, but they were always there every single Sunday. Plus, I could get away

I discovered these life-changing donuts 25 years

ago while visiting Ogunquit (a town in Maine). Congdon’s

Doughnuts is a restaurant and bakery in Wells

with more than one as long as the adults weren’t looking. I can say those doughnuts are single-handedly responsible for sparking my sugar addiction.

Beach, Maine, and they make the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot, trust me. Plenty of people agree

“Congdon’s Doughnuts is a restaurant and bakery in Wells Beach, Maine, and they make the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot, trust me.”

— during the summer season, you’ll have to stand in long lines to

get a bite of their pastries, but I always recommend them if anyone asks me about food to eat in Maine. What makes them so good? They’re light, chewy and yeast-raised, so there’s a ton of delicious, savory flavor to balance the sweetness. Although all their flavors are delicious, you don’t want to miss their specialty sugar raised doughnut, which is

Doughnuts have been a consistent, sweet, doughy part of my life ever since. I find them irresistible and there’s no “off” switch if you put a dozen doughnuts near me. People know about my affinity for doughnuts, so there will be workplace heroes (or villains, since I’ve sworn off sugar) who will bring in doughnuts at work. My mother-in-law would always bring a chocolate sprinkle doughnut for my daughter to enjoy whenever she’d visit.

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For Steve and his wife, food was always something they needed to take care of or they wouldn’t survive long! Although they own a grill and use it from time to time, cooking was a major hassle because they both worked full- time jobs. Eating out was the most convenient option most of the time. This began to concern them due to high amounts of sodium in most restaurant food. Since high cholesterol and heart disease ran in Steve’s family, he knew the trend just couldn’t continue. How Steve Has Adopted October Kitchen Into His Life A PART OF THE FAMILY

It also amazes Steve how often we change our menu and the huge variety we offer. When his family had two kids in the house before, they used to go to several different restaurants to pick up meals. Now, they can get many different types of meals in one stop. Steve said he could go a whole year without seeing the same dish twice (besides our regularly offered comfort meals). The changes have been awesome. In Steve’s house, about 10–12 meals every week are from October Kitchen and their food bill has gone down. Steve’s cholesterol is the lowest it’s ever been and his blood pressure has also been significantly reduced. We were also amazed to hear that, while looking for a lake house, Steve and his wife didn’t want to buy one that wouldn’t be in driving distance in October Kitchen! Thankfully, they found the perfect home and they’ll only be a 30-minute drive away, so we’ll be well within range for Steve and his wife to enjoy our food while enjoying the lake. We’re so happy to be a part of the family now. Thank you so much for all your support!

That’s when, 3 1/2 years ago, they found October Kitchen.

Steve talked about their struggle to a friend and the friend mentioned that he was buying October Kitchen for his dad. Steve looked into it, and as it turned out, October Kitchen was only 3 miles from their house. He gave it a try one week and immediately got his wife hooked on their food. They’ve been going back every week to pick up their order ever since! The most exciting part of the experience is our weekly specials. Steve enjoys that he doesn’t know what their weekly specials are going to be until he gets there — and yet, those weekly items are typically what he ends up buying!

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similar yeast-raised doughnut as theirs, and while it was a very good doughnut, it wasn’t the same as Congdon’s.

coated in a very fine sugar. It’s extremely satisfying and the quintessential American donut.

Doughnuts are incredible. If you’re near our store location, you’ll also find some pretty great ones at the doughnut and coffee shop in our shopping plaza. I think everyone should enjoy an awesome doughnut on occasion and enjoy the heck out of it. I hope you have a tasty National Doughnut weekend this first weekend of June — a treat so delicious, it gets a whole weekend.

People get a little dubious when I recognize a doughnut shop as a “must-try” restaurant, but — just to reinforce this fact — these doughnuts are so incredible, they will ruin all other doughnuts for you. They certainly did for me and for friends of mine who have taken my advice. My produce saleswoman, who I’ve been working with for over 30 years, was going on a trip to Maine with her husband and I told her about Congdon’s. Then, I remember getting a text from her one morning, saying, “These are the greatest doughnuts I’ve had in my entire life.”

If you ever make it up to Maine, please stop by this restaurant and bakery. I promise you won’t regret it. I’ve tried making a

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Owned by a New Jersey Wrestling Coach A DELI WORTH $100 MILLION In New Jersey, there’s a single deli shop that’s worth over $100 million. We’re not talking about an entire deli franchise — just one, small delicatessen. It’s owned by Paul Morina, a principal and head wrestling coach of Paulsboro, New Jersey High School and he is both a legend in New Jersey high school wrestling and a mystery in the stock market. His company, Hometown International, owns a shop named Your Hometown Deli, which did $35,000 in sales over the past two years, a financial filing says. However, Hometown International’s stock trades give it a valuation of more than $100 million. It’s become a little mystery for stock brokers. Hedge fund manager David Einhorn mentioned Hometown International in a letter to clients, warning about the risks of retail investors. Although Hometown International’s

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only operating business has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its stock shares have gone up $9 per share from $3.25. “The pastrami must be amazing,” Einhorn joked.





As of writing, Homestock’s stock has a closing price of $13.50 a share.

As Hometown International’s treasurer and director, Morina owns 19% of

Hometown’s outstanding 7.79 million common shares. His stockholdings alone are worth $20.5 million, at least on paper. This is just as startling as his high school wrestling coach CV, which lists that he’s won over 25 class state championships, with more than 550 victories. Interestingly enough, though, Morina doesn’t have past food industry experience. Hometown’s annual report suggests that the company was formed with the idea of creating a chain of stores with “a new delicatessen concept.” Their SEC filing says, “Through our wholly owned subsidiary, Your Hometown Deli Limited Liability Company (‘Your Hometown Deli’), we operate a delicatessen store that features ‘homestyle’ sandwiches and other entrees in a casual and friendly atmosphere. The store is designed to offer local patrons of all ages with a comfortable community gathering place. Targeted toward smaller towns and communities, the Company’s first unit was built in Paulsboro, New Jersey.” Looks like they have more than enough money to expand now — we look forward to seeing how this stock market mystery unfolds!

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INSIDE The Best Doughnut I’ve Ever Had

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October Kitchen Is Part of the Family

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A Deli Worth $100 Million

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‘Too Old’ for Martial Arts?

‘Too Old’ for Martial Arts? TELL IT TO MR. MIYAGI

as integral to their understanding of Zen and other spiritual matters, and thus essential as they got older. Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” carries on the tradition, showing us a much-older LaRusso who takes on the Miyagi role, opposite his longtime “frenemy” Johnny Lawrence. LaRusso and Lawrence have both returned to karate in middle age and even Kreese reappears, now in his 70s and as formidable as ever. Is that realistic? You bet! According to one study, the average karate practitioner is 55 years old and the average martial artist is 46. Many in both groups report regular sparring and contact practice. If you’re a martial artist, you may have to make some adjustments as you get older, but you’ll never have to give up your discipline entirely. And if you’re new to the world of martial arts, it’s never too late to start — as long as you find the right teacher and school!

Martial arts get added to the list of activities we can’t do as we age, right? Unless you’re doing tai chi or aikido, most people think there’s no place in contact sports for aging folks.

Except, as it turns out, there is.

From hip shows like “Cobra Kai” (and its basis, “The Karate Kid”) to centuries of tradition, older people and martial arts actually mix quite well — and they can be a great throughline for an active life. Martial arts took off in the United States back in the 1980s with the “Karate Kid” franchise, which continues today. The original movies showed us Pat Morita, an Okinawan expatriate and karate master who trains Ralph Macchio’s character, Daniel LaRusso. Morita’s Mr. Miyagi is no spring chicken, but he’s able to take LaRusso to new levels of karate expertise — and also beat down bad guy John Kreese in the process, despite Kreese being a much younger man. Mr. Miyagi is based on a “stock” character, or archetype, from traditional Asian martial arts culture. But there’s a grain of truth to it, whether you’re looking at real-life martial artists (Henry Plée comes to mind, who practiced well into his 80s) or fighting school founders in medieval Japan — who often viewed karate

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