Md. Sisters Start ‘Furlough’ Cheesecake Business After Being Laid Off During Government Shutdown

WALDORF, Md. (WJZ) — A pair of Maryland sisters went from being laid off from the government shutdown to growing a business that’s getting sweeter by the day.

How? Furlough cheesecake.

Oxon Hill natives Nickie Howard and Jaqi Wright not only had the right attitude approaching the layoffs– they also had the right ingredients.

The shutdown locked out 800,000 federal workers. The sisters from Prince George’s County were two of them, and they found a way to turn the country’s longest government shutdown from a negative to a profit.

“Baking is about making people smile so I didn’t just want to do any old thing. I wanted to do something that would make somebody smile,” Howard said.

Both out of a job, that ambition to make somebody smile started from a grin, to millions joining their passion for homemade cheesecake.


Original published: 2019-06-25 00:04:25 Read the full Washington News here

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