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Meet Allison Cunningham of Duck Donuts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Cunningham.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My husband, Peter, and I are both native Houstonians. I am a graduate of the UH Conrad N Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and spent 18 years in various parts of the hospitality industry. Peter went to Texas A&M Galveston after serving five years as an airplane mechanic in the United States Navy, and further went on to work in the oil and gas industry. Our first Duck Donuts experience occurred during a family vacation in Corolla, North Carolina, where all 11 kids and 10 adults tried the product and fell in love with the assortment of flavors and the warm, freshness of the donuts. Pete and I knew before we even made it back to Texas that this customizable, fresh donut concept, was something special we wanted to share with the Houston community.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing worthwhile is ever a perfectly smooth road! But overall, we really don’t have much to complain about. Harvey was a slight setback, but luckily didn’t wipe us out. We had our second child right after signing our franchise agreement, so we had to learn how to better manage our time between being full-time parents and preparing to open a new business!


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