A local business in Elizabeth City is trying to help families of the Coast Guard as the partial government shutdown continues.
The Flour Girls Café and Bakery is giving a 25 percent discount and a free dessert to families every Friday.
“I like to give back. Our Coast Guard does so much. That’s the least I can do to give back to the families. They support me totally and I want to give back as much as I can,” said the owner, Talia Krites.
Krites opened the business nearly three years ago in the downtown area.
She says many of her customers work for the Coast Guard, which has a base stationed on the other side of town.
Krites says right now, they have not really felt the effects of the shutdown but believe they could soon.
“I think it might affect a lot, not just restaurants. It could affect the economy with the shutdown,” she said.
Rachel Mahle, who is part of a Coast Guard family, said her’s has been doing fine so far.
“We’ve been good. Some families have been harder than others but we’ve been fine,” she said.
Mahle believes that the community has been very supportive.
“They’re there for you. It’s been really good,” she said.
Krites will continue to offer the discount until the shutdown ends.
“Since we’re such a small town, we should all stick together and help the families as much as we can,” she said.