Friday, April 17, 2020

COVID -19 STATEMENT: April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020
Thank you so much for supporting us during this uncertain time.  As always, my small bake shop is by special-order, and by-appointment, only.   

We have remained open throughout the COVID-19 situation.  I'll be blunt: I took this situation seriously from the beginning.  I have an obligation to keep everyone safe: you and my staff.  

On March 16, 2020, I made the decision to operate exclusively as CAR HOP/Curbside Pickup.  I found a box of N95 masks that we had in storage and went to work figuring out how to operate in our new normal.

Customers do not enter the building (even the UPS guy).  Receiving items like bulk flour, sugar, eggs and butter, (even the mail) is handled much differently now than in the past.

It was important to limit our interactions, and therefore only myself and Tabitha (my foodservice manager and employee of 11 years) are working.

How Does CAR HOP/Curbside Pickup Work?

When you do see us bringing your order to your car, we are fully masked (N95, only) and gloved.  
-We wash our hands
-We touch your order, and only your order, with gloves.
-When we come back into the bake shop the gloves are disposed of at our sanitizing station near the front door.
-We use hand sanitizer, first, and then Lysol the soles of our shoes and walk to the handwash sink
-We wash our hands again
-Our footwear is also exclusive to the bakery (as of 4/18/20): we do not wear our shoes home.
-We setup a full disinfecting station: Lysol, Clorox Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer, boxes of gloves, extra masks, etc inside of our main entrance

Sometimes you may see a few people outside:
-We have three volunteers: my parents who live on the property, and my husband who is currently not working.
-I also have a 93 year old grandmother and a 16 month old son, so we have to take extra precautions no matter what.

Our daily routine includes all recommendations that have been issued by the CDC, FDA and local and state Health Departments require:
Photo Credit: Joyelle West Photography

-Thoroughly sanitize all production surfaces throughout the day, every day.
-Wear gloves whenever we handle product
-Wash our hands often and thoroughly throughout the day.

These are steps that we take every day but now we are on overdrive.  

As we celebrate our 15th year, know that we thankful for your support, kindness, and encouraging words!  We love baking cakes, cookies, and so many confections for you. 

Thank you for being there for us, and we’ll continue to be here for you,
Meredith (and Tabitha)

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