Milwaukee baker Adija Gryer-Smith slowly opens her business. “I’m a professional baker who believes positive energy flows into every aspect of what you undertake.’

Milwaukee County moved into “Phase 4” of COVID-19’s Orders on 1 July. This means that companies like Adija Greer-Smith’s Confectionately You, situated within Sherman Phoenix, which is located in Sherman Phoenix, can now be operating at 50 percent capacity Ipass cash loans.

Although some shops and restaurants offered curbside service at the beginning of the spikes in COVID-19 deaths and cases and deaths, the city of Milwaukee’s Sherman Phoenix waited until early June before opening its doors to the public. After almost three months of no sales, Greer-Smith is back at it and getting ready to welcome customers and bring back the staff.

“Am I exuberant? Yes, just a tiny more, since it’s going to restore normality to the way I live. I bake and cook to serve my clients. Do I worry?

One of her biggest concerns is not having adequate personal protective equipment for employees who engage with the public daily. She said that she is facing an insufficient supply of hand sanitizers and disinfectants items that she frequently uses to clean her work area during lockdown -before the public was allowed to enter the Phoenix.

“One of my daughters my retail cashier I was asked today whether we had shields to protect ourselves at all that we’re opening on the 10th of April,” Greer-Smith said. “She was asking because she’s the front-line worker in the bakery. I felt guilty telling her by saying that we don’t have it but I was insisting that she take the risk and remain at the top of the line.”

While Milwaukee’s COVID-19 deaths have decreased by a third from the same month last year, and positive tests daily have been constant, confirmed cases continue to rise for a portion of the city’s population, including the Latino group.

The opening day goes smoothly.

On a sunny Saturday morning, Greer-Smith reflected on her decision to reopen after the closure of nearly three months. However, her turmoil of emotions was about more than business. The father of her, Clarence Greer, died on May 3 from health issues not related to COVID-19. He was 91.

“I’m extremely grateful to him that he was able to help me achieve one of my top dreams being an entrepreneur and start a bakery that would honor her legacy. He was able to appreciate the results,” Greer-Smith said. “But losing him, even though it appears to have been a matter of days, it is still very hurtful.”

When the storefront reopened, customers began coming in less than pre-pandemic levels. The staff was cheerful and enjoyed being together. Greer-Smith noted that customers were patient in the new COVID-19 security measures, requiring masks for the face to be worn and keeping at minimum 6 feet physical distance. But the longer it takes to return to standard, the more reveals changes in the past few months.

Greer-Smith is convinced that her baked products transmit energy. This is the reason she always bakes with a positive outlook.