I'm glad you are going with "Sugarbelles". In a couple of years, poeple won't remember the former name. It will be truly yours. I do however like the Idea of the Buzy Bee cupcake. By the way Congratulation on your venture. I is my dream to also have my own shop someday.
I love the retro-cized logo, JennT. It rocks! It's simple and modern, yet you've added a couple of small details that retro it up.
I would follow the same process when thinking about your bee design. If you put too much detail on the bees (fairy wings, hairdo, glasses or whatever) I think it would detract from or conflict with the overall simplicity and moderness of the retrocized logo design you've chosen. Sort of like you couldn't decide which way to go so you just put everything in there.
Congrats to you and your new bakery. Yay!
Congratulations and good luck on your business venture. Just had to put in my two cents worth. My mom and I had a cafe for 13 years and when I sold it I refused to let the name go with it. It was called "Granny's Cafe" as everyone in town called my mom "Granny" (When she passed away there were many people who didn't know her name). She was just everyone's granny. The cafe went downhill and ended up selling a year to the day that we sold to them. Meanwhile 3 years before I sold the cafe I had purchased a bar. Named it "Lady Di's" as I had a very good friend in the real estate business that had always called me "Lady Di" or "Princess Di". When I sold it after 13 years (there must be something about 13 years being in a business with me) I let the people keep the name. I had a very good reputable bar business and good customers. It was known as a bar that put up with no foolishness and followed the rules. I was very proud of that fact and thought that the new owners would run a tight ship also. Did I ever get fooled. Within 6 months there was no sign of my old customers. It is a hangout for minors and druggies. I would cry over the fact that it still had my name on it. Thank God she decided that she wanted to change the name and when the license was due again, she changed it.
My point is that there are good aspects about keeping a name and there are bad aspects. If I were you, I would want my own name and my own style. I'm sure the lady you are buying it from is a good person but I'm sure she would understand if you don't want to keep the name. If it is a small town everyone will know it's under new management no matter what the name. I'm sure you will build your reputation as a baker very quickly. I wish you all the luck in the world.
By the way, good sketches from Lazy Susan. The sketch looked just like her description! Those of us old enough remember those beehive hairdos.
I say this with all respect for the work that's been shown here. Do you have a local college with design/commercial art students? I think your art would benefit a lot from someone who really knows what they're doing. If money is tight maybe work out a trade, baked goods for design services.
MelC those are SO adorable!!
I think your idea for the shop shounds great!
I love Sugarbelle's! i would keep that and may put a note in your advertising and on the door, "formerly Buzy Beez Bakery". SugarBeez is also very catchy!
I like the name Sugarbeez. What do you mean by all around bakery? Are you going to sell donuts, cookies, and the like?
No donuts, but cookies, muffins, brownies, croissants, turnovers, 2 different kinds of breads, pies, cooler cakes, etc. This was the only place in town that sold this type of things, other than the grocery stores...so it's a given that I need to do the same. Otherwise, if it was solely a cake shop, I don't think it would be as successful.
That's so cool! I had no idea you were so into baking. None of the small bakeries here sell sweets and breads. You are going to be one busy bee! Ok, bad pun. I just couldn't resist.
Love the retro logo. The "sweetest treats" lettering is a bit hard to read, but the overall look is a winner.
Good luck and happy baking
Yeah, I love baking...cooking anything, in general...lol. But people say that I excel in baking. Those people better be my first and most loyal customers, too! lol
I definitely plan on have a true graphic artist finalize my graphics, but I do dabble in it a little myself and figured I could get something basic down before I take it to them. This way, it will cut down on the length of time it will take them to submit the finished product, therefore saving me $$!! lol It will be much easier to give them something that's very, very close to what I want already done, than to start from scratch and have to go thru change after change...all because they aren't inside my head...know what I mean? lol
MelC & LazySusan - Thank you both sooo much!! You've given me something to work from now! I really appreciate your time in doing that for me!!!