PROSPECT HEIGHTS – Last year, Meghan Daly, owner of Daly Pie, began intensive treatment for breast cancer. Though she recently completed her treatment, she now faces another battle, keeping her popular pie shop from closing.
“Running a small business solo is a challenge on a regular day, it becomes another beast entirely when you’re going through cancer treatment,” she wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday.
Daly notes that she currently employs five full-timers and two part-timers at her bakeshop, adding that she has always prioritized paying their salaries even at the expense of occasionally neglecting other bills, including rent on the storefront.
The small business owner notes that her landlords have been “incredibly generous” to her, granting “a lot of extra time to catch up” but that time is coming to an end and Daly must pay the remaining $6,000 she owes in back rent (down from $32,000) or be evicted.
Daly’s current struggle happens to fall during October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and just before Daly Pie’s busiest period—Thanksgiving. She’s asking neighbors and pie lovers to help her meet her deadline and save her business by pre-ordering their Thanksgiving pies today.
Visit dalypie.com/order to check out the selection of delicious pies which include traditional favorites such as apple, pumpkin, maple pecan, purple sweet potato, and more unique options like the Lumberjack (maple syrup tossed pears with a walnut crisp topping), Chocolate S’more, Salty Lime, Organic Chocolate Almond (vegan & gluten free), and more. Prices for whole pies range from $33 to $35 dollars.
Anyone who wishes to help out further can also contribute to the GoFundMe page set up last year to help cover Daly’s other expenses including medical bills, rent on her home, and other business costs. As of Friday morning, the campaign has raised more than $35,000 of its $38,000 goal.
Better yet, stop by Daly Pie at 665 Vanderbilt Avenue (between Prospect Place & Park Place) and enjoy the backyard, have lunch, a drink, and, of course, pie.
BKLYNER was unable to reach Daly for more info but we will update when we hear back from her.