Nasty weather didn't stop dozens of Shreveport-Bossier residents from checking out the new Dunkin' Donuts on the Jimmie Davis Highway, which finally opened its doors for a grand opening on a rainy Tuesday morning. And I was there, too -- a guy from New Jersey who has (somehow) managed to live without the stuff for over a year!

One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Shreveport-Bossier last summer was the disquieting lack of a Dunkin' Donuts store on every corner. Back in Jersey, you couldn't drive five minutes without passing one. Seriously -- they're everywhere.

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All those red dots are Dunkin Donuts locations.

It took some time for the realization that there were zero Dunkin Donuts' in the area to truly sink in. For days, I just meandered around town imagining one might just pop up on a street corner like a mirage -- a delicious mirage.

My first visit to the new location today was exciting, but also reminded me of the unique differences between the northeast and southern cultures.

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Justin Massoud, Townsquare Media

For example, in New Jersey we place more emphasis on the Dunkin' part of Dunkin' Donuts. It's pretty rare to actually walk out with a donut. Instead, drinks are the more common choice; we go there for hot chocolate or coffee.

But in my brief time at the Dunkin' Donuts, I watched folks order donuts by the dozen. I even overheard one employee apologize to a customer because the store had sold out of glazed donuts. Until today, I've never heard that sentence uttered in a Dunkin' Donuts.

And I have to admit, seeing a Dunkin' Donuts customer ask, "what's a Coolata?" when offered a sample of one was also pretty funny.

I can now rest a little easier knowing something down here is sort of like it is where I spent most of my life, even if it's just a single donut shop.

Justin Massoud is the Digital Managing Editor at Townsquare Media Shreveport and drinks way too much coffee.

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