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    Benefit Concert for West Set At Baylor Campus

    Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:30 pm
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    The concert is free and now open to everyone. Cash donations will be accepted to support relief efforts.


    A bright spot in these tragic events:

    Like many local bars, diners, and coffeeshops in many other towns rocked by calamity, the Czech Shop has transformed virtually overnight into a hub of refuge.

    This establishment is a Czech bakery, deli, and gas station combo in tiny West, Texas that's world-famous for serving up fruit kolaches and hot chubbies to locals and tourists driving on I-35 between Dallas and Austin, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the last 29 years. Last night was no exception. In the wake of the massive explosion and fire that rocked a fertilizer plant just three miles down the road, Czech Stop kept its doors open—and the kolaches coming—almost without interruption.

    When the plant exploded at 8p.m., there were about seven employees on shift. Fifteen minutes later, fire trucks and police cars started rushing down the street to the site of the accident. Not long after, injured victims started walked in.

    "Two women in a truck stopped by. One’s leg was bandaged and bulging, and she had a few cuts on her arms and legs," says Schissler. “I don't know why they decided to stop here first. When you're in shock, you're not always thinking. We did whatever we could to make them feel comfortable, gave them ice water." Several more people with cuts and bruises stopped by through the night, but Schissler said her usual customers were missing. "All the bakery regulars were out there on the scene, helping out."

    In the morning, Czech Stop was ready to help first responders who stopped by, donating cases of water and handing out free food and drink. The store is also planning on donating baked goods to the Red Cross.

    Last night's tragedy has hit close to home in more ways than one: The bakery’s office manager lived three blocks away from the fertilizer plant, and lost her house to the explosion. But Schissler and her crew plan to keep serving up kolaches and coffee 24 hours a day, business as usual. "We've never seen anything like this, but we've never closed a single day in 29 years," Schissler says. "You bet we're staying open."

    If you haven't experienced the heaven that is kolaches, this recipe is from West: Mrs. Jerabek's Kolaches
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:41 am Groupie
    Such a sad event but out of the rubble, it is always nice to see a human interest story.
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