On my way to the Rural Libraries Conference in May, a pit stop was made in Clare for the express purpose of visiting Cops & Doughnuts! (In case you’re just tuning in, my background is in criminal justice and psychology — hence my love for law enforcement.)

A ditty from the bakery’s website:

There is a doughnut shop and bakery in Clare, Michigan that has been in constant operation since 1896. This foundation business was within weeks of closing when the members of the Clare Police Department came to the rescue. All of them. That’s right, all nine members of the local police department banded together to save this historic business. Dubbed Cops and Doughnuts,’ the business boasts handmade confections of all types. Join us for a warm fresh doughnut and a steaming cup of cops coffee while you enjoy the police decor and friendly, and very safe, atmosphere.

Here I am sporting a t-shirt that reads “Use Libraries and Learn Stuff” and posing with a delicious blueberry-filled doughnut:

And I couldn’t leave without purchasing a piece of swag for my law enforcement memorabilia collection: