August 12, 2005
Interview with Owner Patty Kasik
Recently I sat down with Patty Kasik of Pine Needles
Emporium and Bagelry to talk about her leaving the
business in town and how she viewed the success and
transformation of her business, along with the
transition from Pine Needles to Dunkin' Donuts. Patty
had this to say:
Q: Iím sure most everyone who stops at Pine Needles
wants to know specifically what led to the Bagelry
PK: Personal health issues and an incredible amount of
work. Twenty people work here and keeping everything
going is a struggle. Itís a lot of work.
Q: How has the business been since residents have
learned about the Pine Needles closing?
PK: People have been upset. They are asking every day -
when are you closing? Business has stayed about the same
but we are closing earlier. We stopped having any bands
Q: You know, Patty, Pine Needles customers and residents
alike, including myself, are very sorry to see you close PN. They just arenít ready to accept that
Dunkin' Donuts is replacing Pine Needles.
PK: I feel badly about that. Iíve thought long and hard
about it. They will try to make Dunkin' Donuts like
this Ė a first of its kind Ė with cherry wood, keeping
the fireplace and couches and patio. Iíve been feeling
burned out lately. Dunkin' Donuts approached me just
at the right time. They were looking for a spot in Town.
Q: How do you think Dunkin' Donuts will affect the
Town in general and the overall Townís character?
PK: I think the way the will do it will be nice and
tasteful. They may even keep some of the acoustical
music. We met a lot of nice people here and thoroughly
enjoyed the musicians who played here.
Q: The atmosphere at Pine Needles is unique. What
inspired you and how did you arrive at the rustic theme
at Pine Needles?
PK: Just from a love of being in the mountains in
Vermont and Yellowstone. We will be going [back] there
when we close on this transaction.
Q: There is talk that Dunkin' Donuts will maintain
some of Pine Needlesí unique interior charm? Do you
believe that will happen?
PK: Yes, they showed me pictures. They have one in
Boston, with a traditional comfortable setting. Theyíre
making it for people who can gather and stay for their
coffee and doughnuts. My husband worked really hard in
creating a menu and other beer garden and he had a lot
to do with growing the business and was actively
involved. People say it wonít be the same but it is the
people who worked here that made it a pleasant place to
Q: What other special qualities of Pine Needles do you
believe have made it unique?
PK: People say they really like our food. We now have
breakfast, lunch, and dinner Ė we have evolved over
time, into a full service restaurant. The musicians that
we had play were all great Ė it was a lot of fun.
Q: How do you think Dunkin' Donuts will affect
surrounding area businesses?
PK: I donít think it will affect businesses much. Maybe
it will draw other new businesses into town.
Q: Will you open up another bagelry here or in another
PK: No. My husband is a builder and I will help him with
his books and other aspects of the business.
Q: Are you satisfied with the settlement you have been
given to turn over to Dunkin' Donuts? Do you think it
was a fair and equitable settlement?
Q: How will this affect your membership at MBA?
PK: I wonít be around here. I donít live in Marlborough
anymore Ė I live in Middletown. But, I will stop up to
visit friends from time to time.
Q: What is the scheduled date of closing?
PK: I still donít know yet. It could be any day.
Q: Again, Patty, Pine Needlesí customers are sorry to
see you go. Do you have any passing thoughts or final
comments for the MBA community?
PK: Iíve had a really nice experience with most of the
people in Town. My husband and I would like to thank
everybody for their support and the MBA for supporting
the horse and buggy ride at Christmas time. Iíd like to
thank all of the employees we have had over the last
five years. Iíd also like to thank all of our friends
and customers over the years that helped make us
successful Ė we thank you and wish all of you the best!
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