Great Barrington doughnut shop closed; owners to say 'thanks' with free coffee, treat

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Just call it going out with a bite.

Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe is giving away free coffee and doughnuts Saturday morning as a farewell to the community.

The doughnut and breakfast eatery on Route 7/Stockbridge Road closed Sunday, but owners John and Deborah Scalia, of Great Barrington, said they wanted to reopen the restaurant one last time for a "customer appreciation day," according to the shop's Facebook page.

Doughnuts and coffee will be provided from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, while supplies last.

"We will not be selling doughnuts, our intention is to share them and have you enjoy your morning coffee and doughnuts with us one last time," the Scalias said on their business' Facebook page. "It's our way of showing you how much you all mean to us."

The Scalias did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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Home Sweet Home's closing follows the sale of the 258 Stockbridge Road property Jan. 9 to 258 Stockbridge Road LLC, which is managed by Janet Staley, of Great Barrington. Staley bought the property for $490,000.

Home Sweet Home, which opened nine years ago, was closed Jan. 2 to Jan. 16 and reopened Jan. 17, under Staley's ownership, but with the Scalias still on staff, according to the Facebook post.

On Jan. 31, the Scalias told customers that they would be closing for good in February.

"As you may know, we John & Debbie sold the shop in early Jan.," they said in the post. "New ownership intended to continue operating it as a donut shop with us remaining on as consultants/employees. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, this is not able to happen."

The Scalias said that, in the future, the kitchen at 258 Stockbridge Road likely will be leased to someone new.

On Thursday, handwritten paper notes hung in Home Sweet Home's windows and doorways: "Thank you for being a part of our Doughnut Shoppe family."

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini, 413-629-4621.


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