McDonald’s (MCD) is heating up the breakfast wars once again by introducing a series of sweet treats that are available for order all day long.

The new menu items include apple fritters, blueberry muffins, and cinnamon rolls, which the fast-food chain said will be available starting on Oct. 28. The sweet treats will be offered on the menu all day at participating restaurants nationwide.

The apple fritter features cinnamon and apples in a hand-held style dessert treat that is fried and drizzled with glaze icing. The blueberry muffin is made with real blueberries and topped with streusel crumb topping while the cinnamon roll has cinnamon layered between pastry dough, which is drizzled with cream cheese icing and served warm.

“McDonald’s has been famous for our savory breakfast menu for almost fifty years,” Linda VanGosen, vice president, Brand and Menu Strategy at McDonald’s USA said in a statement. “We’re continuing our

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When the coronavirus pandemic kept people at home, navigating the unknown, four Central NY food entrepreneurs baked up new business ideas.

In lieu of food trucks, farmer’s markets, or opening a traditional storefront, these business owners opted to launch on social media first. Using Instagram and Facebook to market their products and connect with customers, they have each forged a path into the food business world despite the challenges of 2020.

These bakers and candy makers dealt with ingredient shortages due to the pandemic and space limitations, but each of them expressed wanting to do more for their communities and to make people happy during this tumultuous time.

We may be able to walk into their storefronts in the future, but here is how to try these homemade goods now.

Big Al’s Vegan Bakery

Big Al's Vegan Bakery

Alexis Barney, owner of Big Al’s Vegan Bakery started her business of vegan cakes and cookies

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio – For many folks, coronavirus posed challenges, closed businesses, changed lives.



a close up of a keyboard: Ines Rehner's Sweet Designs Chocolatier has changed its business model, but the Lakewood shop is doing well. And the challenges of coronavirus aren't phasing the owner, who learned about hardship growing up in what is now Croatia.


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Ines Rehner’s Sweet Designs Chocolatier has changed its business model, but the Lakewood shop is doing well. And the challenges of coronavirus aren’t phasing the owner, who learned about hardship growing up in what is now Croatia.

Ines Rehner took it in stride.

Rehner’s Sweet Designs Chocolatier has flipped its business model upside down. She has shifted from 90% walk-in and 10% shipping business to the other way around. She works with companies and customers to offer unique packages highlighting messages and logos.



a man cooking in a kitchen preparing food: Sweet Designs Chocolatier workers create the chocolates on the premises.


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Sweet Designs Chocolatier workers create the chocolates on the premises.

She attributes her ability to survive and succeed on a foundation built on hardship, coupled with continuing determination and creativity. Those traits have served her well: Rehner is marking 25 years in business.

She emigrated to

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Small Business Spotlight: Dude Snack Attack in Dundalk


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LOWELL: GOOD EVENING — EVENING. GOOD AFTERNOON, GUYS. MORNING. WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? YEAH, I’M A KID IN A CANDY STORE RIGHT NOW OUT HERE IN THE WBAL PARKING LOT. JOINING ME IS ANTHONY AND BOB FROM DUDES SNACK ATTACK IN DUNDALK. YOU GUYS, YOU’VE GOT ME SO CONFUSED OUT HERE BECAUSE ALL I CAN CONCENTRATE ON IS ALL OF THESE TREATS. I’M SEEING THINGS FROM MY CHILDHOOD WHICH IS EXCITING. TELL ME ABOUT DUDE SNACK ATTACK AND WHAT YOU OFFER DOWN THERE. WE’RE A CANDY AND SNACK STORE. WE HAVE A LITTLE OVER 1,000 ITEMS OELTHS IN THE STORE. SOME OF THEM ARE BROUGHT HERE, LIKE THE FAMOUS TICK TOCK CANDIES THAT ARE ON THE TOP OF THAT RACK. YEP. WE HAVE THE TICK TOCK JELLY FRUITS AND THE

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As part of its bankruptcy reorganization, Neiman Marcus has eliminated supplemental retirement plan benefits for its senior executives and former top executives.

The Dallas-based retail company said the decision has no impact on either its qualified pension plan, which covers about 10,600 active and retired employees, or its 401(k) program.

Two supplemental plans for executives and a third deferred compensation plan were discontinued. Neiman Marcus also discontinued retiree medical benefits.

About 50 current top executives out of the company’s 13,000 employees qualified for the extra future benefits.

Eric Severson, executive vice president and chief people officer, detailed the decision in a letter to retirees and former employees with instructions for how to file a claim in the bankruptcy case.

Former CEO Karen Katz, who spent 33 years at the company, filed a claim without disclosing lost benefits. Her predecessor, Burton Tansky, who was CEO from 2001 to 2010, claimed an

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — With all the stories of businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, it comes as a welcome change to know of one that is positively thriving right now.

Rocky River pastry chef Ann LoParo’s business, Annie’s Signature Sweets, is one of these.

LoParo began her business a little less that three years ago with a combination of catering and teaching baking classes at a co-op kitchen on the west side. She has done well, but now — by teaching her classes online — her business is, well, exploding.

LoParo moved her classes online on March 25, right at the beginning of the virus shutdown.

“I have taught about 80 classes since then,” she said, “and have students participating from India, Canada, Hawaii and a lot from California and New York.”

Her business has really taken off since the pandemic began, she said, and now she is even

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