UpRising Bakery & Café in Lake in the Hills has announced it will close at the end of the month.
Owner Corrina Sac hosted several community events at UpRising since the bakery and café opened. Last July, she organized a family-friendly show at UpRising featuring drag performances, according to the news release.
The night before the performance, the doors and windows of the bakery were smashed and hate messages were painted on the building. After the attack, the village of Lake in the Hills told Sac she can no longer hold events at the bakery due to a zoning issue. When she tried gain last December the event had to be canceled after Homeland Security warned Sac of a possible Domestic Terror threat.
Then her staff and the bakery’s costumers were also attacked. Protesters spent days outside UpRising, harassed patrons and photographed their license plates, according to the release. Sac and her children were also threatened on social media.
“Closing our doors is the direct result of the horrific attacks, endless harassment, and unrelenting negative misinformation about our establishment in the last 8 months,” Sac said in the news release.
“From an award-winning bakery that donates to local organizations and supports diversity and inclusion, we have been rebranded by misinformation as ‘gay only’ and ‘pedophiles.’ Local customers no longer come here because of the perceived threat that tarnished our good name and the fears of their license plates are photographed, and they are harassed.”
Several fundraisers are planned for March to potentially save the bakery, or to at least provide financial support to Sac and her staff.