May I start by saying how much I LOVE reading your blog! It does however make me very envious of the deliciously calorific treats that you have on offer over in the US! I am a Food Technology teacher in the UK (in fact as I write this I have 20 or so 12 year-olds designing the most Willy Wonka style cakes possible!) and baking is my ultimate passion! I have a 6 week summer holiday coming up and I plan to start a cake stall at my local farmers market and craft/vintage fairs. I have my macaron, cupcake, pecan pie and carrot cake recipes down to a T (even if I say so myself!) however I’m struggling with how to come up with an imaginative nameand/or logo. Was just wondering if you had any tips for a newbie?!!
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Dear Nameless Baker,
I have thoughts on this. Ready? Let’s go.
Please indicate that you are a baking business. It will make you easier to find and it will make it easier for people to know what you do. This doesn’t have to be as cut and dry as calling your business “(your name here) Bakery”, but, for instance, if you call your business “Acorn”, and I try to Google it, it is going to be very hard to find your baking business.
Don’t be cookie-cutter. As Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture said, “I believe in being creative, having a one of a kind name (no copies), think of the brand you want to portray and test out on friends and potential clients.” Her business does this well; it indicates a boutique, cupcake-related product, is unique but not too strange or hard to pronounce, and allows her to add other related products to her line without having to alter her mission statement or company name.
Family Names are Always Safe, if sometimes boring. Freedman’s Bakery, Olsen’s Bakery, DelPonte’s Bakery, et cetera. They get the job done.
Be Punny…sometimes. Personally, I love when a business name is also a clever pun. Some are not as much fans–one reader said “It gets stale fast”…but I tend to think that Jill Lightner of Edible Seattle said it best: “avoid puns that will be embarrassing every time you answer the phone.”
You can be cute, but please don’t be cutesy. As one responder said when I asked about this important subject on Twitter, “please don’t replace the letter “s” with the letter “z” when referring to cakes and cupcakes. Just a little pet peeve of mine. I know it’s supposed to be “kute”, but it’s really not.”
Consider Shock Value, but Beware the Consequences. Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and Kickass Cupcakes are examples of this–the names will get attention. Just be sure you have a great product to back it up, because there will be haters on names like these.