Milwaukee baker finds community support after Night Market rainout

Wisconsin's unpredictable summer weather almost left a baker with spoiled sweets. Thanks to support from the community and a recognizable face, though, the food did not go to waste.

From crowded streets to breaking down tents, an abrupt change in Wednesday's weather left Tamesha Patrice's Milwaukee Night Market plans in shambles.

"We had only been in for about an hour-and-a-half, and we had a line of people, and they just told everybody we have to go now because there’s a storm coming through," said Patrice. "I had five coolers of cheesecakes and then another five bins of cookies and cobblers."

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The owner of Baked Dreams Creations said she shed quite a few tears, but that didn't last long because the community showed a genuine outpour of love and support.

"I made a post because I was just like, 'Oh my gosh, I don’t know what to do," she said. "I still had so much stuff."

Tamesha Patrice

Other Milwaukee businesses stepped in to help, offering Patrice the chance to sell her bakery items at their events. She needed a moment to think things over, and decided to get some breakfast, when she ran into FOX6's Gino Salomone

"I’m like, ‘Hey, I know who you are. I seen you on TV,’" said Patrice. "We talked for just a few moments, and I kind of told him what was going on."

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Salomone decided to post about Patrice and asked the community for help. His was request was granted; on Thursday, she sold out of all those baked goods.

"As a small business, my heart is just overwhelmed and full from the support and the love that we have received," Patrice said. "I’m just ready to keep serving everyone the way that we have."

Patrice told FOX6 she plans on selling her bakery items at the next Milwaukee Night Market, as long as it doesn't rain.