Merion Village bakery closes after racial threats of violence

Mike Wagner
The Columbus Dispatch
Bake Me Happy, a gluten-free bakery in Merion Village, closed for the day Sunday after the owner said the business received racially-motivated threats of violence.

A popular bakery in Merion Village closed for the day Sunday morning after the business owner received racially-motivated threats of violence. 

Letha Pugh, owner of Bake Me Happy, said she made the decision to close Sunday after two calls came into the business phone number that threatened her and her staff.

Pugh, who is Black, said the first call came into the bakery around 9 a.m. 

"The caller said 'We are going to do this and this to you and F you, you N-word," said Pugh, who owns the business with her wife Wendy Miller Pugh, who is white.

"This is the first time we have ever had anyone call the bakery and make threats like this. We decided to err on the side of caution and shut our doors just to make sure everyone here is safe."

Letha said she called one of the two numbers back after the second threat and was again called the N-word and greeted with profanity.

She said she contacted Columbus police and other authorities who all took the threats seriously and she was happy with the response and support. 

The second location of Bake Me Happy in Dublin remained open on Sunday. 

Letha said the Merion Village location had been having a good week of business until the threatening calls came on Sunday and prevented customers from picking up orders or making new ones.

The Merion Village bakery is closed on Mondays but Letha said she plans to reopen as they normally would on Tuesday.

She said it's important that the public know when these type of incidents happen toward minorities and gay people. 

"I'm not surprised by this kind of behavior because I and many others in my life have experienced it," she said. "But it's important to expose it and deal with it together."

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