We just recently learned about the fire that destroyed the Cake Girls cake shop in downtown Chicago.
Brenda Maher was about to drive to work at Cakegirls early this morning when her sister Mary called sobbing. The upscale Lake View bakery that the pair launched from scratch in 2003 was engulfed in flames.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Maher, who rushed to the store from her home in Portage Park. “When I saw it I felt like I was going to throw up. I just felt nauseous.”
“We put a lot of work into this business,” she had said hours earlier. “Now in a flash it doesn’t exist. This is devastating. This is our livelihood. We built this from nothing.”
The building at 2209 W. Belmont Ave., with Cakegirls on its ground level, was judged a total loss, with firefighters battling the blaze only to keep it from spreading.
By the time the Maher sisters arrived on the scene, they said water was pouring out of the charred structure, carrying blackened debris and cake frosting into the street.
The entrepreneurial ladies, though, aren’t about to let a fire get them down. In order to maintain their employees salaries while waiting rebuild (and lacking the space to build cakes!), they are selling t-shirts. Consider buying one here: http://www.thecakegirls.com/