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A sweet way to say 'thank you'

Alice Keefe
Updated: March 29, 2020 10:44 PM
Created: March 29, 2020 06:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A few months ago, Alison Johnson and her friend and business partner, Denise, quit their jobs and opened up Roasted Bliss, a bakery in St. Charles.

“It’s worked out so far,” Johnson said.

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But, like nearly every other business, she said they’ve seen changes in the past couple of weeks.

“We have notices that our walk-in orders have definitely declined. We’re not able to have customers sit down so that’s hurt our business,” Johnson said.

Friends and family and loyal customers have stepped up ordering online, and you can still come in and pick up baked goods like cinnamon rolls and donuts to-go.

“Last Monday, Denise’s grandma said I’d like to purchase some items and deliver them, have them delivered to the police department,” Johnson said.

So, they baked 208 cookies and delivered them to the Rochester Police Department, which was soon followed by an order from another community member, who wanted to brighten the day of hospital workers and law enforcement in Winona.

“And so we baked over 600 cookies and delivered them a couple days ago, and I just happened to be uploading a receipt to QuickBooks and it popped up like hey you can do a GoFundMe page, and we never thought of that. So, kind of meshed the idea of you know having people who want to help donate, and then we can be that person to deliver those baked goods,” Johnson said.

Cris Gastner, Senior Vice President at Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) said Roasted Bliss is just one example of the way small businesses feeling the economic hardships of COVID-19 are making the best of the situation.

“She’s a small business, she’s trying to make it through this, too, but also trying to figure out how she can make it through, give people an outlet to say thank you to those people that we’re trying to figure out new ways to thank,” Gastner said.

For every $20 donated, Johnson said Roasted Bliss can take care of 10 people.

“Even if it’s just one cookie per person or one pastry, it can still brighten their day,” she said.

You can find updates on Roasted Bliss’s Facebook page, and on the GoFundMe page.


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