Roanoke bakery sees boost in business from selling Mardi Gras king cakes

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - The Mardi Gras holiday is not a community-wide celebrated event like it is in other parts of the country. But some in the Roanoke Valley choose to celebrate it individually.

Our Daily Bread is getting a boost in business from the holiday. They bake and sell king cakes, a dessert that is considered a Mardi Gras staple.

They sell the cakes because the original owners of the bakery are French.

"To start off it was a little slow, at the end of January it was just a couple a day, now it's been going pretty quickly," said one of the bakery owners Abigail Lawton.

"Pretty much when we get them in, in the morning by the end of the day, they'll be gone. Sometimes people come in for breakfast then they eat and when they finish eating there will be none left. So it's been fairly high."

She says a majority of people buying kings cakes are getting them for parties. However, some are French teachers who are using the dessert as an educational tool.