It remains a stretch for all Americans to “get along,” but maybe we should all just eat cake because there does seem to be agreement on supporting Natalie Dubose and her bakery.  Natalie’s Cakes and More was opened last summer.

A single mother with two children, she finally saved enough money to open a bakery in June.
“I did that because this is the dream that I wanted to achieve. So I’ve invested everything. You can’t walk away from that much of an investment,” Dubose said.
Her location in historic Ferguson has led to challenges she never imaged.
Dubose relies on foot traffic for business. After Michael Brown’s death in August, she said she had no customers for two weeks. …

Business improved and Natalie had a lot of Thanksgiving orders, but then:

Like many other small businesses, her bakery Natalie’s Cakes and More was vandalized Monday night in the wake of the grand jury decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson with killing Michael Brown.

As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and Natalie is one tough cookie:

I’m baking today,” Dubose told CNNMoney, as the sound of broken glass being swept up can be heard over the phone.

And she’s getting a lot of help from friends.  From those in familiar quarters that set up a GoFundMe page for her, kindred spirits like Grub Street, and the black-hearted (clicking that link is not recommended)

RUSH:  Okay, I’m gonna go ahead and give the link.  If you would like to donate to Natalie Dubose, it’s …

The response in the past few days has been phenomenal.  Everybody loves Natalie!  Nothing but positives and goodwill in the gofundme comments.  And one offer from a retired baker to share recipes.

The one thing small businesses, particularly new small businesses, are always short of is capital.  It’s the primary reason why most fail and fail quickly.  Natalie Dubose may now just have the capital base that her business really needed.  To remain a fixture in the Ferguson business community.

Let’s call for a “Cake Summit.”

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