/  11.23.2021

Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies reopened its downtown location for the first time since Young Dolph’s fatal shooting. On Monday morning (Nov. 22), cars were lined up outside of 301 Jefferson Ave as customers waited to make their orders. Meanwhile, the flagship store on Airway Boulevard, where the rapper was shot and killed, will likely remain closed for the remainder of the year and will continue to serve as a makeshift memorial for the “Preach It” emcee.

Makeda’s Cookies had been suffering financially but with help from Dolph, who promoted the business the week before he passed, the word about their stores was getting out.

After his tragic shooting, however, they were forced to come to a close amid an ongoing investigation, resorting to GoFundMe for monetary assistance. They have since raised $85,000 for employees’ paychecks, costs of repairs and security grief counseling for employees who were traumatized after witnessing Dolph’s killing.

In a statement to Fox 13, Operations Manager Raven Winton expressed her gratitude for the love they’re receiving from Memphis and across the country.

“It’s overwhelming, but it really does help my family to know that there are so many people that want to support us,” she said. “That’s what’s important. They are still devastated. It’s real hurtful because Dolph was really considered family to us.” She added that Makeda’s Cookies will keep the rapper’s legacy alive by renaming his favorite cookie, the chocolate chip cookie, in his honor.

As REVOLT previously reported, Dolph was shot and killed on Nov. 17 as he purchased cookies at the Makeda’s Cookies on Airway Boulevard. After days of remaining silent, his cousin Key Glock reacted to the news with a heartfelt post.

“My heart is torn my brain bout to explode it HURTS when I breathe..why you leave me so soon??” he said. “I’ll never be the same, you was my lefthand man, my brother, my cousin, my mentor and drank partner…”

“Words really can’t explain how I truly feel right now..,” Key Glock continued. “I’m sick to my stomach bruh!! Peace ain’t even working.. all I see is DARKNESS, only GOD knows how much you meant to me.”


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