Trying to keep doors open
Madison Reeve - Apr 11, 2024 - Biz Releases

Wooden Nickel owner Cheryl Forster was brought to tears after finding out the community has come together to help raise money to keep her cafe running.

“I am so appreciative, and I just don’t even have the words to show how grateful I am that people want to save this little place and me as well,” she said.

On Monday, the Lake Country cafe shared on Facebook that it will be closing its doors because it “can’t afford to keep the lights on … literally.”

On Tuesday, a GoFundMe was created by a customer.

Just over $1,500 had been raised as of Wednesday night.

“I don’t know if that is actually going to sustain the business,” she said. “I don’t want people to expect that the donation is going to keep us going.”

Forster and her husband, Travis, took over the restaurant in June 2023. Forster has worked at the cafe for close to nine years.

The cafe has been in its current location along Highway 97 near Berry Road since 1990.

“We kept thinking maybe something would give … we would get busier or prices would start to go down or something would change. We raised our prices when we first took over, and it’s hard. A lot of our clientele is elderly, so to raise it more I didn’t want to see it be so hard on them.”

“We aren’t covering costs. We realized we were in trouble,” Forster said.

At this time, there is no set date for the closure.

“As long as the lights are on, we are still here,” she said. “We are trying to prolong it so that maybe we can have a proper sale and see the restaurant go on and that is maybe where the GoFundMe will help.”

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