A local bakery that made headlines worldwide during the 2014 Ferguson riots has opened a second location.
Natalie’s Cakes & More in Ferguson was heavily damaged in November 2014, when vandals threw a heavy office chair through its display window. The rioting and looting that evening was a result of a grand jury decision on Darren Wilson, the officer accused of killing Michael Brown earlier that summer.
The bakery, located on South Florissant Road, was in the middle of its Thanksgiving rush and the considerable damage from the incident left owner Natalie Dubose in tears—an image that news outlets circulated across the globe.
With support from the community and a GoFundMe campaign, Dubose was able to rebuild her business, and even expand it to include distribution of her baked goods at 32 local Starbucks locations.
Now in its fourth year, the bakery has opened a kiosk in Chesterfield Mall that offers some of its top-selling bakery items such as cookies, cinnamon rolls and Dubose’s signature caramel cake.
“I am excited to bring Natalie’s Cakes & More to Chesterfield Mall,” said Dubose. “As one of the local businesses severely damaged by the Ferguson riots, I am beyond humbled by the support, love and donations I received from the community. The generosity has allowed me to reach a point where I can give back.”
Natalie’s Cakes & More donates 50 percent of the proceeds from every cookie sold to Ava’s Grace Youth Scholarship Foundation.