Scarlet’s Bakery will close its retail and curbside operations at both its St. Matthews and Shelby Park locations on May 13.
The social enterprise bakery announced the closure on Facebook Wednesday. Owner Rachelle Starr said that as a nonprofit organization, COVID-19 has had an “extreme impact on our business and funding.”
“We opened our bakery with a mission in mind: to make delicious treats for customers to eat while hiring women out of exploitation and trafficking to give them a new career,” Starr wrote on Facebook. “For the last five years it has been a joy to serve this community through our retail, catering and event services. Today is a very bittersweet day.”
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Starr founded Scarlet’s Hope, a religious nonprofit group that offers support to women in the adult entertainment industry. In 2015 the nonprofit work was combined with her experience making cakes, and Scarlet’s Bakery opened. The two locations are at 741 E. Oak St. and 106 Fairfax Ave.
Products will be offered online as the shop attempts to rebuild. All previously placed catering orders will be honored, and any curbside orders above $20 will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last.
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