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Another business shuts down in Aiken

The Facebook post that caught many off guard and unprepared for the close.
The Facebook post that caught many off guard and unprepared for the close.(WRDW)
Published: Dec. 30, 2017 at 6:58 PM EST
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Saturday, Dec. 30, 2016

(News 12 at 6 O'Clock)

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A sad loss for local shoppers in Aiken today after another business shuts its doors. Some people say it can be tough to keep businesses thriving on Whiskey Road. This is the second store closing in that area this month...

"This was not expected. No necessary, but apparently it's been done."

The Little Bake Shoppe, a breakfast and lunch hot spot on Whiskey Road is closed and won't be reopening.

"It was very very disappointing and everybody was shocked because they were always full full full," said regular customer, Adiiana VonPein.

The shop's Facebook page blew up with comments when they made the sudden announcement. The Facebook post says, "We are closing so we can focus more on family and other responsibilities."

Many customers were left in disbelief. Regulars like, Carol Powell, drove up today to see it for herself.

"I did have to come and see it for myself, cause I would not have believed it.," Carol Powell said.

This is the second Aiken restaurant to close in the last week after Buckwheat's Bar-B-Que and Catering closed its doors.

A 'For Rent' sign now stands outside of The Little Bake Shoppe, but there's no word on what will take over that property next.

"The food was always great, fresh. They did everything to please you and that's what I loved about it," Powell said.

People like Powell say it's always sad to see a local place close, especially because it's been exciting to see a local business focus in Aiken.

"I am so disappointed," Powell said. "Cause there are very few places like this."

For their customers, this shop will be missed, but there is still hope.

The family-owned shop may have locked up in Aiken, but the original location in Wagener will remain open. Unfortunately, that might mean a longer trip for people who enjoyed this little shop.

"Unfortunately [that location] it's too far darling, yes. I hope they come back," VonPein said.