OKC Residents Rally To Help Support Struggling Bakery

Tuesday, October 19th 2021, 4:50 pm
By: Erika Lee


Oklahoma City residents are rallying together through social media to help a struggling bakery. 

Customers are promoting and raving about Mr. Bao and his bakery, Quoc Bao Bakery, in the Asian District.

Bao works hard to keep Quoc Bao Bakery afloat.

His store is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but he stays much longer than that.

“After closing, I have to clean up and everything until like 12 or 1 a.m.,” said Bao, owner of the bakery. “I work 20 to 21 hours a day, everyday.”

However, due to shortages of food and business caused from the pandemic, Bao almost had to close his bakery.

That’s when supporters took to social media to help spread the word. Hundreds all around the country have shared his posts.

Many even visited for the first time because of social media.

“I saw my friend posting about it on Facebook,” said customer Michael Lane. “I wanted to support a local business that was struggling.”

Another customer, Whitley O'Connor, designed T-shirts to help raise funds for Bao. So far, they’ve sold 305 shirts.

“He’s a sweet man who is known for giving free food to folks experiencing homelessness,” said O’Connor. “I am helping him more with the branding and marketing side."

However, even though one-off social media support is good, he said it’s important to keep the momentum going.

Bao is extremely moved and grateful for the support.

“I want to say thank you to everybody,” Bao said. “From Oklahoma and the United States, too.”

Quoc Bao Bakery is located on 2501 North Classen Boulevard and is currently hiring.

Click here to view Quoc Bao Bakery's Facebook page.