To our staff, customers, friends and neighbors,
For 11 years my husband and I have struggled to build an independent small business that serves the community where we live and have raised our kids.
Now, in the midst of this horrible pandemic, we have been faced with demonstrations and social media attacks that have attempted to portray us as people we are not and to intimidate us and our customers over a series of perceived grievances.
It is important to us that some truths are made clear:
We are, and have always been, committed to the health and safety of our workers, our customers and our community. We abide by the laws and regulations provided and try to exceed those thresholds where we can.
We are proudly pro-worker, pro-living wage, pro-universal heath-care, and pro-negotiation kind of people.
We reopened Milk & Honey on May 12th with protocols to protect our workers and customers, based on government issued rules and recommendations.
On May 25th we were made aware that some of our staff, many of which had not returned to work, had concerns regarding protocols, transportation, and financial issues as a result of the pandemic.
We had a meeting with our staff on May 26th, in which we made clear that we were committed to addressing the issues raised and to accommodate our staff to every extent possible. It was agreed that concerns would be presented in writing and addressed in a coordinated manner.
On May 27th we were open for business while trying to understand how best to stay open and accommodate our staff.
The next day, on May 28th before being given enough of an opportunity to fully review and respond to the 22 items listed, most of which we are in full agreement with, a cohort of our staff in conjunction with many who have no affiliation with Milk & Honey began protesting in front of our store. We’ve been harassed and threatened, and our good name in the community has been marred.
We are reasonable, hardworking, caring people who’ve invested all that we have into this business. In the best of circumstances, it’s not easy, under COVID-19 conditions its monumentally difficult. We were hoping to be able to address the concerns raised and collectively approach pulling our business and our staff back up from the brink that this pandemic has put us all on the edge of. Regrettably, with the extremely aggressive approach taken, that now feels and appears unattainable.
Accordingly, with love for the support we’ve received through the years and unimaginable disappointment we’ve decided we cannot continue and will remain closed indefinitely.
We do so at enormous personal and financial loss along with the knowledge that 12 jobs are lost, customers will no longer have the convenience and warm heartedness of our store, and the business community will be faced with yet another shuttered storefront.
With hope for brighter days,
Milk & Honey, Owner