The cake shop has a long history of defending women’s rights and protecting the health and safety of women.
That’s what the women of the cake shop say.
But, in the eyes of some, the business is now fighting back against a new, more aggressive and divisive political movement.
“The cake shop is a place where you can feel free and have a normal conversation,” says Cathy Bannister, who works in the shop.
“I don’t think people understand what is going on, because they’re so scared.
I think that people have become complacent, and they don’t really understand what’s going on.
The new political movement, the Tea Party, is taking away our freedom and freedom of speech, Bannisters says.
She points to the group’s attacks on a number of women’s organizations.
They’ve called for an end to abortion services, the banning of abortions altogether and the removal of Planned Parenthood.”
Bannuns says that since she opened the shop in 1986, she’s seen it become increasingly difficult to maintain a business and keep women safe.””
They have no respect for us.”
Bannuns says that since she opened the shop in 1986, she’s seen it become increasingly difficult to maintain a business and keep women safe.
“Women have been telling me over the years that we’ve lost so much, that we’re losing our jobs, that our children are going to be taken away from us,” she says.
Bannisters, who is in her 80s, has been in the business for 28 years.
She started her career at the age of 16 selling cakes for a local bakery.
“We sold cakes, and we worked for $15 a day,” she remembers.
Nowadays, she makes $150 a week, which she and her husband, Michael, do from a side business selling beer and other beverages.BANNISTS says the women in her shop are in a very difficult place, with a new wave of right-wing politicians who are looking to roll back women’s freedoms and rights.
When the Tea party first started to make headlines in the fall, BANNISERS was working hard to keep the shop open, but now, she says, it’s become more difficult.
She has a lot of clients who are afraid to come in because of the new wave, she said.
One of the Tea parties favorite attacks, Bannikss says, is to ask for people to stop wearing dresses and to stop buying cosmetics.
Banniks says that the group has also been trying to stay in business, and that she’s had a lot more people come in with requests.
Banniers’ store is a symbol of women and their right to freedom of expression, she explained.
Bannands shop is still open, and she says that she and Michael still have customers coming in.
But, Bannavers shop is now closing in favor of a more conservative business, with plans to sell off all of its products.
In a letter to her customers last week, the owners of the bakery wrote that they “believe it is important to protect our employees and our customers from any and all threats.”
They said that they are working with state officials to keep their business open.
A sign outside the store reads, “I Love You, Cake Shop.”
The message reads, “We are closing our doors because we love you, because we are here to protect you, we are going out on a crusade, and to make sure you do not lose your freedom to choose.”
Bannister is also working with other organizations to get the message out, and has set up a Facebook page, and is encouraging people to sign up to her campaign to stop the Tea partiers.
She says that many women are afraid of coming forward to talk about their experiences.
On Wednesday, she received an email from a woman who says she was harassed by the Teapartiers when she came in to the shop last week.
The woman told Bannies that she was asked to leave the store after she refused to remove her bra and asked if she was pregnant.
She said she was told to “stay out of the store.”
BANNIERS says she is not a doctor, and neither is the bakery.
She wants the women to know that there is help for them.
She said that women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace can contact the local police department and report the incidents.
If you think you or someone you know may have experienced harassment or sexual assault, you can contact Victim Assistance at 1-800-656-4673.