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Maryland sisters go national with furlough cheesecake company

Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 10:35:52-05

Two sisters from Maryland who made and sold cheesecakes to make money during the government shutdown are going national.

Jaqi Wright of Oxon Hill, and Nikki Howard of St. Mary's County call themselves 'The Furlough Sisters'. They're both federal employees who started getting attention through word of mouth, for their furlough cheesecake company during the shutdown.

They got a big boost when Ellen DeGenerous had them on her show, and Ellen even surprised them with $20,000 to help with their business.

Now, another surprise just this month from one of the largest companies in the world, Walmart.

"Their plans are to get us in the stores before the end of the year is insane. And she told us this doesn't happen. There are people who have been waiting over year, standing where you're standing, making this presentation and we came with our A game," said Wright.

Walmart says the Furlough Sisters cheesecakes will eventually be sold in stores and online.