Sisters impacted by shutdown start their own cheesecake business to make money

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jan 11, 2019

Nikki Howard and her sister, Jaqi Wright, are working nonstop, despite both being furloughed workers during the government shutdown.

In order to make money to help pay the bills, the two sisters started their own business making cheesecakes, a favorite dessert of Howard’s. She’s been making cheesecakes as a hobby for 20 years.

“It's the best. It just makes you feel good,” Howard says.

She made a cake for New Year's, and that’s when her mother came up with an idea to sell the delicious cakes.

Two days later, the sister's launched a website and social media pages for their business. Now, orders are coming in from across the country.

“I know California. We've got one in Alaska, south Tennessee, Florida, Midwest. We got several in Indiana.”

They're still coming in, with orders totaling a little more than 300.

The question now becomes what happens when the sisters have to go back to work.

“The furlough sisters and the furlough cheesecake will continue on," says Wright. "The 9 to 5 will not stop what we're doing.”