Natalie Dubose had saved money from selling cakes at local flea markets to pursue her dream of one day having her very own cake shop. In June, Dubose’s dreams came true when she opened Natalie’s Cakes and More in Ferguson, Missouri, but her dreams were shattered – along with her shop’s front windows – when violent protesters ransacked the city Monday night.
But Dubose is still baking amidst the mayhem, while she attempts to clean up.
“I’m baking today,” she said. “We have orders to go out for Thanksgiving. I can’t tell the people — I won’t tell the people — that I’m canceling.”
Dubose plans to pick up the pieces of her broken shop and start over, but she has no plans to leave Ferguson.
“This is everything that I own. I can’t walk away from it,” she said. “I just got to start up and start baking again.”
Dubose didn’t know where she would get the money for repairs, but someone suggested she start a Go Fund Me account and a second Go Fund Me account was created, unbeknown to her at the time. In less than 24 hours the two pages together have generated over $120,000 from supporters across the country, more than five times her original goal of $20,000.