With ten days left in Savannah, my excitement in regards to my Chicago homecoming is overwhelming; to say the least. With a to-do list already created for my first week back, a visit to Stan’s Donuts & Coffee is at the very top.
When Stan’s first arrived in Chicago, it added a new flair to the donut cafes in the city. The decor was cute, fun, and inviting. The pink and white aesthetic wasn’t exaggeratedly girly, nor did it succumb to the rising “hipster cafe look” that began to populate in various neighborhoods of the city. The colorful array of cake mixers as visual merchandising added to the whimsical and lighthearted atmosphere. Even the donut boxes, bags, and coffee cups were all branded to match.
The extensive selection of donuts often made it hard to narrow down what I wanted, but I eventually became a regular in ordering either a maple caramel bacon pecan bar or a vanilla sprinkled glazed. My taste buds become even more stimulated when their menu expanded to offering a selection of bagels, as well as gelato.
While working at Crossroads Trading Company in Chicago, ordering a box of Stan’s donuts became routine in celebrating a staff member’s birthday or promotion. My overall perception of Stan’s is its correlation to celebration. Their staff is always incredibly friendly and welcoming. Each visit I’ve had to one of their locations has always exceeded my expectations.
Counting down the days until I have a donut in one hand and hot cup o’ joe in the other!
Illustrations courtesy of Ksenia Rybe, who perfectly captured the aesthetic of Stan's in her drawings.