We need this to stop!!

Over the course of the last few months it seems like a t least once a week I sit here typing about another business closing in the Hudson Valley and I'm praying that this stops sooner than later.

The next business to close its doors due to the effects of COVID-19 is a place near and dear to the Wakin' Up with CJ and Jess Shows heart. A place that we have done our show live from a few times back when we were able to.

Sweet Obsessions on Route 376 in Poughkeepsie announced on Facebook the other day that the were closing up shop for good on August 11th. Their post read,

"We knew that someday we would have to say goodbye, but we didn't think it would be this soon! On behalf of our family at Sweet Obsessions we would like to say thank you. Thank you! To all our customers, friends, and family. Starting and running a small business is hard and exhausting work, let alone through a pandemic. The people that we have met through the years have been amazing! Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some we formed new friendships with. Thank you, for all your support. The times are uncertain and we feel it is time we close our doors. To our guests, we will miss seeing all your regular faces, and meeting the new ones. To our friends, your support is amazing. You helped us in ways we couldn't imagine and kept us rolling. To our family, words can not describe the unwavering love and support you have given us. For those of you that didn't know, this was an opportunity we couldn't pass up and no matter what the challenge was our family showed up to help. We love you all! As this chapter closes we look forward to our next chapter. Who knows where we might show up. No matter how chaotic and uncertain the world may be right now remember to please be kind to each other."

We have talked and enjoyed some great times with Christine and her family at Sweet Obsessions. She was the lady who went above and beyond to be a part of our radio show and provided many sweet treats for us over the years. YES, she is the baker who made us our very own bags of "just the crumbs" from her unreal crumb cake.

I reached out to talk with Christine about the closing and she told us that "after being mandated by the governor to close for 3 months, it was very hard to recover. Our business was on pause but our bills were not. Our cafe was a place where people came to gather and socialize. Once Covid 19 hit we were only allowed to do take out or delivery with that our sales dropped and isn't not enough to sustain the back rent and utilities." Their last day open was on August 11th.

We wish Christine and her family the best in whatever is next in life and hope that sometime soon they can figure out a way to open back up in some way or another.