Natalie's Cakes and More Updates
First, I would thank everyone for their warm wishes, empathy, and support during this crazy difficult time.
I would love to write more, and will try soon, but my business is so behind right now.
My shop, which had it's grand opening this summer was vandalized in the riots.
My main windows were smashed and bakery damaged. I'm beside myself, but with the holidays, can't stop working.
I'm very busy cleaning and trying to repair my business. I'm also trying to catchup on baking cakes for Thanksgiving!
I promise to update this later. I'm truly mixing batter right now. I began baking and selling cakes at local flea markets, slowly saving money to start my small business.
I LOVE TO BAKE !!!
It was my dream and I'm working hard to accomplish that dream.
The outpouring of support on Twitter, Facebook, and in the media has been amazing. I was in tears.
It was suggested that I start a Gofundme account by a new friend. She created it and here it is. I do need help to rebuild and create a website, so any donations would be a huge assistance.
I'm not sure where to find the money to repair my little bakery. But, even if you just stopped by to say hello. Thank You !!!!
I've never felt such love.
Thank You !!!
Contact me on:
Twitter @Ferg_Natalie or
Facebook as Natalie's Cakes and More
Website coming soon !
(campaign created by Kristine Froeba, updates dictated by Natalie)
Local St. Louis business, Renaissance Financial, founder Greg Keller, invited me to speak at their yearly conference as an entrepreneur and they FLEW Kristine Froeba in to surprise me and meet on STAGE during my interview - Oprah Style!
I almost hugged her to death ;-)
We'll both be at my shop baking tomorrow! ;-)))))
Wishing David Swingle was here too!
David and Kristine both started separate funds for me without me knowing - then they merged the fund and all of you helped put me back in business and acheive my dreams!
(this is an update - no more donations!)
This page exists as a memorial to your kindness and support. It is not a request for additional funds.
I wish all of you the very best and remain in your gratitude always!
Please thank Starbucks Corporation!
I am now selling my Famous Caramel Cakes in THIRTEEN local Starbucks Stores! Yipeee!!!!!!
I am enjoying giving back to my community working with local schools, children's groups, young entrepreneurs, Ferguson City Walk, and offering employment and training to local youth.
I am also very happily selling my Cakes at Washington University St. Louis Campus. Also, in local Ferguson restaurants!
So happy that you received enough donations to get your business back up and running and to help some others. I wish you well. I live too far away to come and try out your baking, but maybe I can next time I am in the area. I used to live in Bel Nor, a long time ago, and Ferguson was not far away.
YOU GO GIRLFRIEND! Nothing was more heartbreaking than to see what happened, through no fault of yours. You were given wings and you flew! Doing what we could to help...with others helping as they could...it's "community" that is there...not "government"...as it should be! SOAR!