A cafe and bakery in Bath got a cash infusion to stay afloat from the Barstool Fund.

Mae's Cafe & Bakery in Bath is one of the recipients of funds from a pandemic relief fund by Barstool Sports. The Barstool Fund has been raising money to help financially support small businesses around the country that have been impacted by COVID-19. Small business owners can apply for assistance from the fund by filling out an online application.

Mae's Cafe & Bakery is well known throughout the mid-coast area from their cakes and other sweet treats. Owner, Katie Winglass, tells us: "[the] pandemic caused us to lose 95% of catering. We have had to go to 1/3 of our regular seating. Our summer wasn’t bad, fall slowed down with peaks at the holidays. January has been scary slow-more employee cars than customers." Winglass was tipped off to the fun by her son. She completed the initial submission, and was later contacted for more detailed business records. Two days later, she got "the call."

"I was really pumped, emotional and nervous but most of all relieved to hear from him (AND I just plain old got to chat with a very famous cool person)," says Winglass. "We had $8,000 deposited in our account yesterday. The community has been super supportive and excited about us receiving Barstool funds. We have a special this weekend called Dave’s Barstool Benedict."

In the country music world, Luke Combs teamed up with The Normal Brand to release a limited edition hat that benefits the Barstood Fund. The hats sold-out on the first day of sales, raking in $25,000 for the fund. The demand remained high, so the company is making more. Future sales will continue to benefit the fund.

So far, over $32 million has been raised, which has helped nearly 200 businesses around the country. Small business owners can apply for assistance at: TheBarstoolFund.com/apply.

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