Help Angel Cakes Rebuild

$13,294 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 193 people in 21 days
Dearest community -

On Sunday February 24 a speeding car crashed into the Angel Cakes building on Fifth Street in Oakland, causing a gas leak and extensive damage to the building. Fortunately, though staff were working at the time, no one was physically injured. I’ve included some photos and a link to a news report below.

We are thankful that no one was hurt, although we are completely devastated and in shock.

We are working with the building owner, our insurance company, and our community on a plan to reopen our retail shop. Though insurance will cover much of our anticipated expenses, they won’t cover everything and we will need your support to reopen. We know that this will impact us for a long time.

Our retail store will be closed for the next several weeks as we repair the building. We will be resuming our custom order business from an alternate location beginning the week of March 4. All previously booked orders will be honored and we will take a limited number of new orders. 

We can’t do this on our own, and we will need financial help. We know we need help covering our sizable insurance deductible and some other things insurance won't cover. We will update with more information as we learn more. 

Any amount of support you give will go directly to helping us reopen our retail shop.  When the dust settles, we plan to hold a thank-you event for all donors to this campaign.

Other ways to help: 

1. Please buy a cupcake coupon here: https://squareup.com/store/angelcakesSF/item/coupon-gift-card 
Coupons will be mailed to you and will be redeemable at our retail shop when we reopen. 

2. Sign up for our mailing list so you can get the announcement when our store re-opens: http://eepurl.com/gbGs5 

3. Place an advance order for your birthday or event for later this year: http://www.angelcakes510.com/order 

4. We have several builders and contractors in our community but we may need more help. If you have skills or are available to volunteer time or labor, please contact us. 

5. Like and share this post on Facebook or other social media to help signal boost this message.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out so far, your calls, texts, and emails have meant everything. I know we will get through this together.

Jen Angel

News story here: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/02/24/car-crashes-into-west-oakland-bakery-snaps-gas-line/ 

About Angel Cakes

Angel Cakes is a cupcake bakery located in Oakland's historic Gingerbread House.  After baking cupcakes in a commercial kitchen since 2008, Angel Cakes moved to the current storefront in March 2016.  We currently have 4 employees and many loyal customers! We are known for our huge menu of flavors, and many vegan and gluten-free options.
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Hi everyone! If you ordered a gift card and provided your mailing address, it is in the mail and you should get it by the end of the week!

We are still waiting on word from PG&E about the repairs. We hope to have more information at the end of the week or beginning of next week. Meanwhile, we are moving forward with baking custom orders in April at our alternate location in Berkeley. Please see our website if you’d like to place an order.

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time!
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Well with a donation last night from Rich D and El Cerrito High School Ultimate Frisbee, we have reached our $12K goal in under two weeks!!!!! We are just amazed with all the support and it really helps us not panic about whether customers will return when we reopen! Your contributions will allow us to continue paying employees (they have to pay rent too!) while we wait for insurance money, and eventually will help us pay for bollards outside to protect our building and make sure this never happens again.

The first week was a flurry of activity and the second week has been all about waiting waiting waiting. Like, waiting for city permits or waiting to hear back from the insurance company. Our current biggest obstacle is waiting to hear back from PG&E about when they can reconnect the gas line to our building and install a new meter - when the car hit the building it destroyed the existing gas line/meter, and we need gas service to operate! We are hoping to know more by the end of the week. Once we know that we will be able to make a timeline to open. We had hoped to reopen in early April, but that now seems unlikely.

In the meantime many things are happening! Framing is mostly complete and we have a new custom-built door on order. Many thanks to Dane Moore of Moore construction who is overseeing the rebuild and working closely with the property manager to put us all back together.

We are doing our best to keep our spirits up, and your notes and messages have made the difference! Here's a photo of baker Makana and I from one of the clean-up days last week.
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In the continuing story of the cupcake shop vs the car, early Sunday morning someone broke in and stole some of the tools the contractor had stored at the shop. Because, you know, what else could happen? We are now adding "help contractor replace tools" to list of things this campaign is going to cover.

Thank you, for your continued support in this stressful time! If you haven't posted this campaign to your social media, this would be a good time to do that.
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Friends - your support has been so humbling! We reached our first goal yesterday, less than a week after the accident!

We have raised our goal to 12K, and all of your donations so far have gone to sustaining us during this first week. We have been able to make payroll for this weekend, which is a huge relief, and cover many immediate expenses so we can focus on a long-term plan. Any funds available when the repairs are complete will go toward installing bollards outside the building so that this never happens again! This corner has many traffic accidents, and several in the last year have come up onto the sidewalk, though usually the utility pole stops vehicles before they reach our building.

We are working closely with the building owner/property manager and are in almost daily communication with our insurance company, and everyone assures me things are moving along well and they happy with the progress. We are taking several big steps this coming week with building permits and asking PG&E to reinstall the gas line that was damaged, so we hope to have a better estimate of when we will reopen by the end of the week.

It has been an emotional roller coaster, for sure. We will get through this, together. The community support has been amazing and helped us not panic about the future or the long-term health of our little shop. Or maybe I should say, it has helped us panic less! But now that we have shifted from crisis management to long-term rebuilding we are feeling weary and the grief is setting in.

Thank you for helping me take care of the staff and myself during this stressful time.
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