The owner of a Ferguson bakery had her small business vandalized during the violent riots which erupted after the grand jury decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson was released to the public. “I’ve invested everything into my business, I can’t go anywhere. I’m not going to go anywhere,” said Natalie DuBose. Luckily for her, she won’t have to.
Instead of simply lamenting the race riots ravaging the streets of St. Louis, Missouri, some generous Americans have decided to put their money where their mouth is. A GoFundMe campaign to raise money to repair DuBose’s shop has raked in over $90,000. She’ll have enough to rebuild and then some.
Natalie’s Cakes & More is located at 100 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson – right in the heart of the chaos. The Daily Caller reports that vandals broke the shop’s main windows and damaged the baking materials late Monday and early Tuesday. “There was actually an eyewitness there. He actually lives in one of the buildings next to my cake shop, and he witnessed a few of the protesters attempting three different times to bust my windows out,” DuBose told FOX 2.
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“It’s really sad, because they didn’t just affect us, they affected our children,” she continued. “A lot of us, this is our only means of income, our businesses.” Despite the setback of the riots though, DuBose is well on her way to building a new, top-of-the-line shop. A statement on her GoFundMe fundraising website thanks donors for their overwhelming support:
Hello, I’m Natalie Dubose of Ferguson, Missouri. I’m a small business owner with a cake shop and a bakery dream. 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 this account by a new friend 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 !!!
Natalie DuBose is feeling the painful effects of the ignorant race rioters who are ripping her town to shreds, but she is diligently pulling her small business together with the help of fellow hard-working Americans. Show her your support in the comments section.