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Jules Bakery closes after 19 years due to derecho damage

Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 5:57 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Juli Hardin has been a part of the most special moments in people’s lives for 19 years.

“Anniversaries and baby showers and, which start with weddings,” she told us.

Her business Jules Bakery sits on the corner off Armar Drive in Marion. The building was hit hard by the derecho.

“Maybe 3 or 4 inches of water on the floor mixed with tons of glass because the glass that came through the window knocked over a couple of my display cases and that glass was everywhere and it was just, it was a disaster,” Hardin says.

In 19 years the bakery had survived the beginning stages of new business, multiple recessions and Hardin herself even survived lung cancer.

“When COVID hit I said yeah we can do this, I’ve done it before. We will step up we got this. And then derecho, and August 10, 2020 and it was a horrible year anyway and I just said I can’t do it anymore,” she told us.

Of all days the storm hit on her birthday.

“I promise you it was not a present I asked for and I did try to take it back,” Hardin told us.

Still, she’s remembering all the milestones she’s been able to be a part of for others for so long.

“I got to be a part of their family in a way when I would make a treat for them,” Hardin says.

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