Virus concerns cause bakery to close

| October 21, 2020 12:00 AM

An open letter to our dear friends, neighbors, and customers of Uptown Hearth: With the first snowflakes gently falling, I hope this finds you well and cozy… not shouting, “ACK! It’s too early for this!!” I am with you on that sentiment, but for a different reason. After a crazy-busy summer season in which we were able to modify and adapt our entire business, staff, and building in light of the pandemic, we now face the realization that the best thing to do for the long-term survival of the business is to close down for these cold winter months.

Much researching, scheming, brainstorming of all the options led us to conclude this is the right thing to do for the health of our staff, our customers, and our business. With our small inside seating area, our open kitchen/production design, our ventilation/ heating system, plus the volume of business we must do to keep everyone paid and the lights on, we feel a pause is necessary during this very challenging time.

So it is with a heavy heart but clear mind I announce our last day for this season will be Nov. 1, 2020.

Matthew from Azul Coffee Bar and I would like to thank you all for your understanding and support over these last four years. We are so grateful. You’ve helped us grow from a “one baker, one salesperson” operation to one that employs 10-14 highly trained, skilled professionals (LOVE them!)… to a business that uses local and organic ingredients from over

17 area producers and growers (CHEERS to them!)… to one that feels so appreciated, valued, and truly connected to this community (HUMBLED by you!). Please know we will do everything we can to make this small, independent, “Mom and Pop” bakery cafe come back with a force!

With wishes of health and happiness to all, Terri Feury, owner/baker Uptown Hearth