In mid-September, a letter from the MRWPCA informed the bakery that it had been in the wrong billing category throughout the two and a half years of its operation. Under the assumption that it was preparing food off-site, its bimonthly water fee had been about $44. But because the bakery makes food in-house and serves meals on glassware, its new bimonthly bill would be $485. The letter also noted an unpaid sewer capacity fee of more than $19,000.
“I felt like I’ve been hit in the solar plexus,” says co-owner Tina Thompson, sitting at one of the bakery’s tables in a knitted red beret, munching on homemade hummus. “I would have never opened this place if they had been upfront about this.”