Duluth Bakery Faces $25K Elevator Fix, Needs Help to Foot the Bill

Updated: 05/29/2014 12:19 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 12:09 PM

A downtown Duluth bakery has a new and heavy load to bear.

Employees at How Sweet It Is Cakes on West Superior Street have been carrying hundreds, if not thousands of pounds of supplies up and down several flights of stairs in their building this week.

Owner Eileen Brown tells Eyewitness News their antiquated elevator broke down, and that it will cost $25,000 to fix - money they don't have.

Brown said the bakery employs 18 people, and that each will likely go up and down the narrow cement staircase 10 times in a day to get to and from storage and the walk-in refrigerator. She says it's wasting time.

Not only that, these employees have a lot of heavy cakes to carry. "These are five and six-tiered, 100-pound cakes that we have to go up and down the stairs with. It's very difficult. It's not that we're lazy. There are a lot of flights of stairs," Brown said.

Last summer, Eyewitness News ran a story about the business building a bear cake, which they said weighed at least 500 pounds

Brown said the business is responsible for elevator upkeep, but did not know the near century-old equipment hadn't been inspected when signing the lease.

How Sweet It Is needs help from you to get their elevator up and running again. If you'd like to donate, contact them at 218-349-9423 or visit their website.

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