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SOLON — A relatively new bakery in Solon has made waves as one of several businesses in the Corridor raising money for Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion, as well as those staying to fend for their country.
Cheryl Maloney, owner of The Eat Shop, said the bakery raised more than $7,700 in donations for World Central Kitchen during their sale Saturday. The bakery pledged 10 percent of its sales and offered to match all donations given at the register.
Tanya McPheron, an employee at The Eat Shop, has watched from afar as her brother and his family remain stuck in Odessa, Ukraine. McPheron told KCRG that her family wakes up every day to missile strikes or Russian troops walking down their street.
Seeing her family’s pain and hearing their updates every day, Maloney wanted to find a way to help.
With customers lining up down the block in Solon, the bakery was so overwhelmed by the end of Saturday that it had to close Sunday to restock. Maloney told The Gazette they reached their typical Saturday level sales within 90 minutes of opening and had more than triple their usual sales by closing.
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