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The owner of Hot Oven Cookies posted on social media Monday evening that his Chicopee and Springfield locations would no longer offer his baked goods until further notice.

Sheila Coon, the business owner who recently gained national attention with her inspiring story of going from homeless mother to aspiring entrepreneur, described a dizzying whirlwind of events in 2023 that led to the decision.

“Imagine if a Category 5 hurricane, tornado and tsunami had a baby! That’s what 2023 was like for us,” Coon wrote to her followers on Facebook. “We tried to outrun the perfect storm, but the waves caught up with us.”

Some of these impacts appear to date back to February 2022, when a former landlord filed a civil lawsuit against Coon’s business for nonpayment of rent at its former location at 1363 Main St. in Springfield.

On July 3, a judge ordered Hot Oven Cookies to pay $123,206 to plaintiff GELW MASS LLC, a New York-based company that had leased the property to the cookie shop.

The New York landlord filed the civil suit for breach of contract and breach of lease. In his order, Judge David Hodge of Hampden Superior Court wrote that “no answer or other defense was filed.”

Coon told MassLive in an interview Monday that she has been open about her struggles as a small business owner in her social media posts.

“I’m surprised that people are surprised,” Coon said. “I’ve talked about this on my site for years and have been extremely open about all of the issues.”

Coon said she documented problems that occurred from 2018 to 2020 related to the 1363 Main St. property.

She said she had hired a lawyer to handle the New York landlord’s civil suit, but could no longer afford to pay him.

No active attorneys for Hot Oven Cookies were listed in this court filing.

Coon said she learned of the more than $123,000 court order on Monday through screenshots posted on Facebook.

A review of court records shows that nonpayment of rent at the Main Street location is not an isolated incident.

Eviction proceedings are underway for the company’s location at 1209 Parker Street, where Coon has operated a cookie stand since September 2023.

In a letter dated February 23, sent by Colebrook Realty Services, representing OM Parker Street Plaza, Hot Oven Cookies was informed that rent was past due and that expenses totaling $7,828.17 for the months of November 2023 through February 2024 had not been paid.

The property manager stated that the trailer in the Parker Street parking lot was broken and that the company had failed to transfer the utility services into his name.

According to Colebrook Realty, the landlord continued to pay the utilities over the winter to prevent the pipes from freezing.

Hot Oven Cookies was ordered to pay $9,413.17 by March 2 to clear the outstanding payments and remove the trailer by March 26.

Coon’s company received a temporary restraining order from the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office on June 7 and was ordered to appear in court on June 27. The hearing was rescheduled for July 25, and no attorneys were listed in court records for Hot Oven Cookies.

Summary judgment is when a landlord sues a tenant for unpaid rent, the state’s website says.

Hot Oven Cookies was also ordered to pay $9,018.31 on January 20, 2021, following a hearing before a Springfield District Court judge, for failure to pay rent and other expenses for its property at the store located at 1597 Main Street in Springfield due to rental issues dating back to 2018 and 2019.

Hot Oven Cookies’ legal and financial problems seemed to disappear beneath the surface as the cookie business moved into the spotlight.

In February, Coon and Hot Oven Cookies were featured in the Boston Globe with the headline, “How a Springfield mother of seven went from homelessness to the sweet smell of startup success.”

Coon told her story on the Tamron Hall Show in mid-December, where she discussed a photo posted in May of last year.

It shows Coon reclining on her company’s catering trailer parked outside a Springfield homeless shelter. Coon used to live there with her seven children, but it also shows the place where she decided to open her own cookie business.

“This is the place where the futility of homelessness met hope; this is where the idea of ​​Hot Oven Cookies was born and this is where a sweet path for the encounter between me and YOU was opened,” the caption read.

Coon found herself in a home with seven children after her 21-year marriage ended in divorce, she previously told the Republican.

The Hot Oven Cookies store in Chicopee opened last December and Mayor John Vieau described it as “a symbol of triumph over adversity and a testament to the power of determination.”

Just days earlier, the biscuit maker had announced the closure of its Westfield store. The owner had cited racism, “a matter of humanity” and “a whirlwind of toxicity and turmoil” as the reasons.

Coon told MassLive in August 2023 that she had plans to open a store in Florence a few months later, but those plans never came to fruition.

Due to Monday’s Facebook announcement about the closure of Hot Oven Cookies, the future path for the popular company remains unclear.

“We are in reset mode and will be going back to our roots as we plan our next steps. Selling Cookie Cart across the region, with locations shared here and on Facebook once we finalize our timeline,” Coon wrote.

“I know that I normally have a lot to say and I say it very eloquently, but at the moment I am at a loss for words,” the statement ends.

The post was removed on Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement sent to MassLive Wednesday morning, Coon said there are “two sides to a story and everyone involved made mistakes.”

“Going forward, we will focus on our responsibilities and obligations. If someone is not whole because of something we did or failed to do, we will make them whole,” Coon wrote. “I would be happy to elaborate, but due to ongoing litigation, I cannot say more than I already have.”

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