There’s nothing scarier than a fire. We all watch fires on the news almost every week. And unless it directly involves you, it’s just a 3-5 minute news story, before it’s onto the next story.
But when it happens to someone you love? Well, that’s a whole different story. Thank God nobody was hurt on Friday August 19th, 2022 when a fire swept through Cinnamon Rainbows, North Beach Bar & Grille, and Secret Spot. Cinnamon Rainbows lost their ENTIRE inventory (excluding boards and wetsuits) to smoke damage, and has been closed ever since. The lingering after effects of the fire have caused so much stress and upheaval in the Cinnamon Rainbows community. With their entire inventory lost due to severe smoke damage, and with no electricity and power, they have been operating sporadically outside under tents. There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel. They will find temporary housing for the shop sometime in October. Until then, the immediate shut down of what we are all so used to in the community is a painful loss. The staff has lost wages and there’s no way to continue in the limited capacity they are dealing with working outside.
So many people have reached out asking what they can do to help. It’s been overwhelming how many people have wanted to do something. It’s no secret that Cinnamon Rainbows plays a major role in our seacoast community. Without Cinnamon Rainbows there would be no Surfing With Smiles. Without Cinnamon Rainbows there would be no Wounded Warriors/ Hit The Beach Day. And it’s certainly no secret that Dave Cropper is one of the nicest people in all of the seacoast. Heck, he’s one of the nicest people on the whole planet. And the last thing he and Heather want to do, is ask for help. That’s not who they are. And that’s exactly why we’re going to do it for them. It’s time we helped them.
Whatever you can donate to help Cinnamon Rainbows get through this down time, would be greatly appreciated. They will be back in a temporary location soon. Until they are back permanently on the beach, Dave, Heather, Phil, and Caroline and the rest of the staff at CR could use your help. I know I’m not alone when I say, let’s lend them a hand. The way they have helped so many of us before this fire hit. Because, they have earned our love, and our respect.
And you all know, that once they are back in business to their fullest capacity, they will be helping others just like they have in the past. Let us all help them today. Whatever you can afford will go a long way in helping the good people at Cinnamon Rainbows.
With Love and Respect,
Ralph G. Fatello