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Commentary: Local women-owned businesses step up for health care workers

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I’m counting my blessings for all we have been given, as there is so much suffering in the world right now.  

My heart has been heavy, dear readers, with multiple people we know losing their battle recently with this deadly virus, COVID-19. Sometimes, we must focus on things that bring us joy and practice thankfulness.  

I love this quote from author Brene Brown: “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” 

Here is one story that I hope inspires, motivates and shows how acts of kindness do matter.  

Starting last year, it has been my privilege to write about some local female-owned businesses. Many of these businesses began out of resiliency due to the pandemic.  

Michaella Zetts, owner of Sourdoughs of Somerset, was one of the first businesses I wrote about. Since then, she has become a dear friend to our family.  

Each week, along with selling her own products, Zetts features other small businesses. She is all about supporting other women and business owners.  

A few weeks ago, I shared with her our experience at Williamson Medical Center and mentioned how we would love to show our appreciation for the emergency room staff, as they were wonderful to us. Early in the pandemic, people were bringing meals and practicing kindness, however, as the months have gone on, I think we’ve forgotten how tough it is on health care professionals.  

Zetts’ reply to me was, “Let’s do it. We can make this happen.”  

The next thing I knew, a plan was formed, and these amazing, wonderful women all volunteered to donate items. We have a Facebook group, and each business gave something so each ER staff member would have their own giftbag of items. 

What an amazing community we live in, where generosity flows. When I contacted the hospital to ask what day would work to deliver the gift bags, I was giddy with excitement. It feels so good to be a part of an act of kindness. The old saying that giving is better than receiving is true, my friends.  

In this crazy and uncertain world of ours, saying thank you matters.  

Thank you to Michaella Zetts of Sourdoughs of Somerset for providing a sourdough loaf, whipped feta and a sweet treat affectionately known as “crack.” She has quite the sense of humor, and her business has a cult following.  

Brenda Bliss provided pepper jellies that ranged from mild to hot, and she is the most passionate pepper enthusiast.  

Cathleen Moore with Wick’d Up candles created candles called “Just Breathe.” They are great, relaxing candles to enjoy after a long day at work.  

Cindy Dunphy with City Girl Truffles prepared dipped pretzels. She is a mixologist, and her truffles are legendary. Visit her at   

Krista Middlekauff with Stone Simple created a lip balm for each gift bag. Her story of recovery is awesome, and she offers gifts to spread positivity and happiness that have developed into a line of goatmilk soaps, lotions and more.  

Becca Fox with Frosted Fox Sweets created delicious cakes, cookies, treats and cake pints. 

Carmen Guerra de Rosa with Jaramillo Estates roasted 5 pounds of her gourmet coffee for the break room. Her sister runs an estate in Panama, and Carmen roasts locally.  

Stephanie Graham, owner of Bistro Green, provided a meat and cheese snack box. Her salad menus drop on Thursday evenings. 

All of these women-owned businesses offer their products weekly at Sourdoughs of Somerset. In addition, you will find other businesses that sell eggs, bacon and more.   

These women inspired me with their work ethic, determination and generous hearts. Please look up these ladies and support them.  

I would also humbly ask that if you know of a medical provider or someone working on the front lines, please be kind, say thank you and practice patience. Protocols are in place for a reason, and believe me, these hard-working people are doing their jobs and putting themselves in harm’s way for us.

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