The Puff Factory owner and children cutting the ribbon for the opening.
Adeline Fong-Wilson, Jacqueline Alexander—Alastair Wilson, Morgan Lee Matthews, Alexander Lee Matthews cutting the ribbon—Leodis Matthews and Paul Blackburn (Hood River Mayor).
Jacqueline Alexander telling The Puff Factory story during the celebration.

By Elizabeth Zach and Rachel Smith, RCAC

In May, as Jacqueline Alexander welcomed dozens of visitors to The Puff Factory ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony, her friend Adrienne Nelson lauded Alexander’s perseverance during the last three years, when it seemed the various obstacles she faced would prevent her from success.

“But,” she noted, “faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the staircase.”

In this sense, it might also be that Alexander actually had to build the staircase.

Along with local government leaders, RCAC leaders, and business associates, Alexander’s twins attended The Puff Factory opening. The two young boys, along with family and friends, stood proudly by her side behind the ceremonial ribbon, just waiting to be officially cut. Alexander thanked her guests for their support and encouragement and let her sons cut the ribbon in half.

After much applause and cheering, guests filed through the factory’s front doors and into a foyer to marvel at the machinery. The event concluded with lunch catered by a local business and a champagne toast.

Read more about how this venture began in “Entrepreneur’s dream comes to fruition” published in Network News, June 23, 2016.]