2. It began in a Seattle mall
Surprising no one, the mall chain did not start off as a mom-and-pop shop off Main St somewhere in rural Iowa. Rather, the first Cinnabon sprang up inside Seattle's SeaTac Mall (now The Commons at Federal Way) in 1985. But it was a family venture. The father-son team, Rich and Greg Komen, quickly edged out TCBY as the food court dessert to beat.