Turtleboy Sports believes in supporting local businesses. But there’s a big difference between a business and a charity. That’s where this article written by Samantha Allen, which we will now link and quote in italics, comes into play:
Widoff’s Bakery shut down voluntarily for three days last weekend to address problems found by city and state health inspectors. The business, founded in 1907, has launched a $100,000 GoFundMe campaign to raise money to fix its roof and buy new equipment.
John Hill, spokesman for the city manager’s office, confirmed that the city inspector found fault with the roof of the business at 129 Water St., as well as “general unsanitary conditions … and an insect infestation.” The city’s food protection unit, working with state Department of Public Health inspectors, agreed existing conditions at the establishment warranted closure for cleaning.
Inside the bakery Thursday afternoon, Mr. Ducas, 60, of Sutton, said the business has been struggling for some time. His children set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise $100,000 in the next seven days. The Ducas children wrote it was a dire situation that could mean the end of the business. Mr. Ducas said he doesn’t believe things are as dramatic as that, although he said the future of the business is unknown.
“We’ll try to raise the money, do what we can to make these repairs in July,” he said. “…From there, it’s a question mark.”
Mr. Hill said the city director of housing and health inspections, Amanda M. Wilson, said the owner has been cooperative and is “working to correct all outstanding violations.” The main problem has been years-long deferred maintenance of the roof, she reported; Mr. Ducas keeps buckets under it when it rains. The city reports the business also voluntarily shut down over the winter because of the leaky roof.
He believes the trend of people going to grocery stores for fresh-baked goods instead of to small shops, and a recent hike in electricity costs, have led to tough times for Widoff’s. Mr. Ducas noted that although the bakery has downsized operations, it still operates out of the large building.
“This business has been around, serving people for over 100 years. I just can’t imagine it not being there,” she said. “People come to get their bulkies for the holidays. That’s a tradition for a lot of people.”
What is this – Goldman Sachs? Look, I love me some Widoff’s bakery.We’ve been eating Widoff’s bulky rolls in the Turtleboy household every Sunday since the beginning of time. Best bakery in the city as far as I’ve concerned. I know some of you will say that the Crowne Bakery is the best, but I went there once and everyone was 95 years old, so the line didn’t move. I felt like I was waiting in line for a prescription at the CVS pharmacy.
But with that said, their business is none of my business. You got a leaky roof and insects running wild? Yea, you should probably fix that. Does that suck? Yup. Is it gonna cost you a lot of money? Yup. Is that oppressive government regulation as some people are calling it? Nope. It’s not “big government” because a customer doesn’t get a side order of cockroaches with their bagels.
I’ve just about had enough with all these GoFundMe pages. Hey Widoff’s I got a GoFundMe for ya. You guys bake some bulkie rolls and then we’ll buy them off you every Sunday for 25 years. That’s my contribution. If you can’t find a way to make ends meet with that, then I don’t know what to tell ya. GoFundMe’s were designed for charities, not Bob Kraft’s bail money or Widoff’s roof fund.
You wanna raise money? Sell more shit. Grocery stores putting you out of business? Welcome to capitalism. And it’s not like grocery stores are some new phenomenon. They weren’t invented at the same time as iPads.
You’re a business owner that has survived for years based on reputation and tradition. But clearly that’s not working anymore, so it’s incumbent on you to figure out a way to make it work. If you can’t do that, then you don’t stay in business. Do you think Old Balls started a GoFundMe when the Woolworth’s went out of business? Do you hear him whining about not being able to ride the ferris wheel with Joyce at White City? (who am I kidding, that sounds way too racist for Joyce) Welcome to America.
You know what I used to like? Watching movies at the Lincoln Plaza theater, finding some deals at the Webster Square Ames, and buying cheap shoes on the third floor of Kangaroo Crossing. But guess what? None of those business was built for the long haul. I don’t give a shit that Widoff’s has been around since 19 ought 7. We don’t keep businesses afloat because of nostalgia. We keep them afloat because they make something we want at a price we’re willing to pay for it.
And what’s up with that goal? $100,000? Where the hell did they come up with that from? I mean, maybe set a more reasonable goal and you won’t come across as such moochers. You know who’s got $100,000 for ya? The bank. Try going down there and taking out a loan. Since you love nostalgia so much, you might as well do what a business would do in a similar situation back in 19 dickety four. Or just beg for it. Whatever works for you.