Local business closes, says “we’ve run out of steam”

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WTVQ) – After 18 months making memories around the table, The Burley Market and Cafe has shut its doors, but it hopes you always have something tasty in your cup. The Burley Market and Cafe opened in downtown Cynthiana in May 2019. Since then, owner Karey Riddell says hundreds of people locally and hours away have come to share a drink or meal gathered around their tables.

“Everything we wanted the Burley to be about was to bring people around the table, and while we have not been able to do that due to COVID and mandates, its been sad so I’ll carry those times with me especially,” says Riddell.

Saturday was the Burley Market’s last day of business. Riddell says COVID caused domino effects that have made running a business much harder.

“I would rather shut the doors now while we’re still on top of our game than to watch things crumble in front of me because the general public does not understand,” says Riddell. “I am mentally and physically exhausted from it.”

“We do want to support them to just say you know thank you for spending time and energy improving Cynthiana,” says Cheri Bowen, a customer of the business.

The Burley Market sold 1,600 of its signature homemade cinnamon rolls during its final week. Riddell says she knows how much the community loves them and is finalizing plans on how to continue making and selling her family’s recipe.

“People will not be without forever, right now we are going to take a very long nap,” says Riddell. “We’ve been baking a lot this week and so with clear heads and rested bodies, next week we’re going to finalize some of those plans of what that looks like.”

While the community is sad to see the business close, they say they look forward to seeing who buys The Burley Market and Cafe and what its future holds.

“Wherever you are, whatever town you’re in, it’s good to shop local and it’s good to support your town,” says Bowen.

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