Small-business selfie winner: Sweet It Is! baking business in Charlotte.

This sweet apology – etched in powdered sugar on the kitchen counter – came on an especially busy day for Sweet It Is!, a home-based baking business owned by Lori and Calvin Chivers of Charlotte.

“As the only full-time ‘employee’ of Sweet It Is!, Lori is stretched to the limit fulfilling orders for customers and local restaurants and coffee shops that offer Sweet It Is! desserts. Calvin is a full-time RN, but often helps out when his schedule permits. This ‘Sorry’ note to Lori was scrolled into spilled sugar by Calvin when he realized his 12-hour night shift had caught up to him and he had no choice but to leave Lori a messy kitchen so that he could get some sleep before his next shift.”

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