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Community rallies to save store featured on 7 Action News' We're Open Detroit report

Posted at 8:29 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 20:29:36-05

(WXYZ) — We have a great update to a We’re Open Detroit story we did first brought you on Friday.

A candy shop in Mount Clemens was weeks away from shutting its doors forever but after the story aired on 7 Action News it’s now staying open.

“You guys literally saved my store this winter,” says Mike Karpinski, who owns Pops Sweets An Treats in downtown Mount Clemens.

Because of the shutdown earlier this year and with less foot traffic in the area, Mike said his store was having a difficult time bouncing back.

He posted on Facebook saying the store was a few weeks away from permanently closing.

“Thank you guys so much. What you guys have done with that little plug has totally took over the whole state of Michigan.”

Mike said he has so many orders online the website crashed. And the store itself was as packed as it could get with capacity restrictions.

“Saturday we had a line four buildings long just to get in our store because of your story you posted,” he tells us.

Mike says to keep up with the demand he shipped in 10,000 pounds of candy, some of it on a FedEx truck.

He had to use the space next door to his shop to store it all.

Mike says if people weren’t buying candy, they were volunteering to help package and ship out his orders.

Mike is grateful the community rallied to support his small business.

“The compassion that people have has really gave me faith back in humanity.”

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