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Business booms for bake shop owner who found, comforted 3-year-old girl after Amber Alert

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Posted at 9:46 PM, Feb 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-05 23:46:25-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A bake shop owner is being credited with helping end a frightening night for a little girl and her family.

After receiving an Amber Alert on her phone Wednesday, the owner of Mini's Gourmet Cupcakes found 3-year old Bella Martinez outside her shop in her family's stolen car. But the story doesn't end there for Leslie Fiet.

"Karma comes in threes, and since the first two karmas came, and they were very bad, I said, 'I should be getting a very big, good karma thing to come along,'" she said.

Since December, Fiet's bakery has been broken into twice, which has left her struggling to make ends meet recently.

"They broke in and stole all my Christmas presents and my computer and my iPods and everything," said Fiet. "And two weeks ago, we were broken into again."

Wednesday, Fiet thought things were only getting worse when her business was put at the center of the search for Martinez. But her quick-thinking changed everything.

"At first, she was just so distraught and she just clung to me," Fiet explained. "I just held her, and I brought out my Care Bear for her and read books to her, kind of helped her when the cops came."

That kindness translated to gratitude the next morning when customers started crowding Fiet's store. It was just the kind of karma she had been waiting to see.

"I came in here to provide that support to that awesome woman who found that child," said customer Elizabeth Hall.

All day, local residents stopped in to buy a cupcake and say thank you. The constant business prompted two of Fiet's friends to jump behind the counter to help keep up with demand.

"To have some good news, and have something turn out good, is good," said Stephanie Deer, who volunteered for hours.

At the end of a few rough weeks on the job, it was just the kind of workday Fiet needed.