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Alley named to honor Hagerstown donut shop

July 08, 2010
  • Hagerstown residents Jill Mease and Matt Reed enjoy fresh Krumpe's donuts Wednesday night after the alley name unveiling ceremony. The alley behind Krumpe's, which had no name, is now know as DoNut Alley.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

Dozens of people jammed into an alley off West First Street on Wednesday night to celebrate a business that is quintessential Hagerstown -- a donut shop that probably has produced enough memories to rival the number of donuts sold.

The celebration was for Krumpe's Do-Nut Shop, which has been in business since 1934 and has operated out of the alley location for 60 years.

It's a story with classic small-town flavor: a business that opens at 7 p.m. to start selling donuts that were fried about two hours earlier.

Customers tell stories about how they slide into a certain parking spot in the alley and about their favorite time of day to stop by for a dozen warm donuts.

"It says volumes about their business practice. They found a niche and they filled that. You guys haven't went out and did all kinds of crazy stuff. You know, you kept it simple," Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Wednesday night as he read aloud an appreciation letter for Krumpe's.

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The event also celebrated a name for the alley in the shop's honor.

The Hagerstown City Council recently voted to name the alley DoNut Alley, and Krumpe's operations manger Max Krumpe pulled off a cover on the alley sign Wednesday night to reveal the name.

Fans of the shop suggested the owners push for the alley to be named after the family, but Krumpe said the name of the alley will remain DoNut alley.

"I think it has a nice ring (to it)," said Krumpe, a fourth-generation family member working at the business.

The Tone Hounds blasted out tunes from beside the donut shop and Krumpe's donuts were handed out to the throngs of people who attended the party. A line of customers extended out the door of the shop as people waited to buy the next batch of fresh donuts.

Krumpe also talked about the business's new venture: ice cream.

Krumpe's is offering vanilla glazed ice cream that is supposed to taste like the shop's glazed donut and chocolate cream-filled ice cream that is formulated to taste like Krumpe's chocolate-filled donuts, Krumpe said.

Krumpe's teamed with Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, Pa., in the venture.

"They take our donuts and mix them in the ice cream," Krumpe said.

Krumpe's was selling the ice cream Wednesday night, and Bob Harr gave it a try.

"Out of this world," Harr said.

Harr, who lives about two blocks from Krumpe's, was glad to see the celebration for the business. He said people have not truly experienced Hagerstown until they have had a Krumpe's donut.

Harr said people who used to live in Hagerstown always ask if Krumpe's is still around and if they are "still in the alley. I think it's something they should have done a long time ago," Harr said of naming the alley in honor of the business.

Any thought that the business might leave the alley was put to rest Wednesday night.

Krumpe said business experts always emphasize that an important key to a business's success is location.

"We're not moving an inch," Krumpe told the crowd gathered for the ceremony.

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