Tammi Howard, who owns the popular downtown business, is considering ways to keep it afloat.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Tammi Howard and Maggie Pike sit at a table inside Maggie's Buns in Forest Grove last May. Pike sold the business to Howard after 21 years. Howard announced this week that Maggie's Buns will close at the end of the month if a solution to keep it in business cannot be found.After announcing the closure of Maggie's Buns earlier this week, the owner of the popular Forest Grove business said the "outpouring of support" the business has received has her re-evaluating her plans.

Tammi Howard, who purchased the downtown bakery and cafe from longtime owner Maggie Pike less than a year ago, originally posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Feb. 12, that Maggie's Buns would close by the end of the week.

However, in a follow-up Facebook post Thursday night, Feb. 14, Howard said Maggie's Buns will stay open through the end of the month while she considers options for keeping the popular bakery and cafe open.

"We have had several members of the community come forward to try to find a way to keep the bunhouse open. To see if this is possible, we are extending our planned closing date," the Facebook post stated in part.

It concluded, "We will keep you posted."

Howard told the News-Times on Wednesday, Feb. 13, that the decision to close had been a personal one.

"The decision is the right one, feels great and will allow me to spend time with my husband, daughter and 3-year-old son," Howard said. "I plan on going back to being a scientist, which is my passion. I believe people will miss having a such a fun place to go that has such great food and a wonderful staff."

Maggie's Buns has been in business for 22 years, occupying a colorful, eclectic building at 2007 21st Ave., less than a block from the west entrance to the campus of Pacific University.

Pike, the founder of Maggie's Buns, retired last year and sold the business to Howard. The sale was announced in May.

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