We Really Bought It!--My Cake Shop Will Be Finished Soon!

Business By Chef_Stef Updated 7 Apr 2009 , 10:38pm by sweetjan

Chef_Stef Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 9:44pm
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This is it, it's really going to happen. Signed papers last Thursday and picked out flooring today. The city is waiting on mechanical drawings for one more permit that we should have by next week, and then the plumber and everyone else will be all over it. It's all contractors who are also customers of ours (DH's business), so they're getting right on it and giving us really great deals.

I'll post pics of COURSE when I have anything new to show, but nothing right now except the building itself, which is gorgeous. We bought the downstairs end shop further to the left in the picture. icon_smile.gif Check it out...

....It still hasn't really sunk in yet...

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Kiddiekakes Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 9:57pm
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Wow....I am so happy for you and envious!!! icon_smile.gif

littlecake Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:01pm
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holy moly....that really really looks nice!


jer702 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:05pm
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Congratulations party.gif It looks so beautiful on the outside and can't wait to see pics of the inside. YAY!!!

mcook1670 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:06pm
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I can imagine you're excited. I'm working on getting my permit and working out of a rental kitchen

MirnaG Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:07pm
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Congratulations, that's great! I wish you the best!

__Jamie__ Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:10pm
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Yeah! Woo hoo! High-fives and a slam dunk!

pattycakesnj Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:21pm
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congrats and good luck

jnmcustomkakes Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:24pm
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Congrats and I'm jealous! I wish you the best of luck!

CindiM Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:24pm
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Congrats!!!!! Having your own shop is awesome!!! Your center really looks sharpe!!! Enjoy!

2txmedics Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:34pm
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Congrads. On your new shop, you are truly blessed and I wish you much happiness and sucess...Please post pics when its done. Your dreams are about to begin in you will go into a new journey...and forward is the only way to go.

Rocketgirl899 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:40pm
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Congrats! Awesome store front! Can't wait to see your new toys as you get themicon_smile.gif

Best of Luck!

tripleD Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:41pm
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Congratulations!!! Best Wishes!

I am soooo Jealous.. icon_lol.gif

Ivana24 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:47pm
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Best Wishes

NiteOwl4evr Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 10:55pm
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Congratulations and good luck. After browsing you pictures I can see you being a success. You do fabulous work. I am jealous ...a dream of mine that will never come true. Much success to you. icon_biggrin.gificon_evil.gifthumbs_up.gif

joy5678 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:01pm
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WoooooWeeeee! I am excited for you. From the pics in your gallery, looks like you will do great. Have you decided on a theme or decor yet? Are you specializing or becoming a "full blown" bakery? Whew, lots of hard but fun rewarding work ahead I'm sure. Looks like you have a fantastic shop. Blessings to you and please keep us posted. And of course, I'm jealous too! icon_smile.gif

countrygirl4578 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:08pm
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I am soooo jealous!!! Not that I am a professional when it comes to cakes but I would LOVE to have my own cake & cookie shop!! GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS.

dandelion56602 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:09pm
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Nice store front! It's hard to find a "pretty" store front here that isn't soooo unreasonable. Congrats

lhayes1976 Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:25pm
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Lucky you! It's a dream come true. Congratulations and good luck.

classiccake Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:36pm
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Congratulations Chef-Stef! You are in for a ride!! icon_biggrin.gif

Creative_chika Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:37pm
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place looks great! best of luck to you!

neecerator Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:45pm
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Congratulations! You go girl! Knock their sweet tooths out! icon_wink.gif

funbun Posted 6 Apr 2009 , 11:58pm
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High Five's to U!!!!! Your place looks great! icon_biggrin.gif
Welcome to the owning your own shop club!
Congrats to you and best of luck! icon_biggrin.gif

cakeandpartygirl Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 12:02am
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Congratulations and we ccers are all rooting for your success. I can't wait to see the finished shop.

SugaredUp Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 12:06am
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The shop is very nice! Can't wait to see pics inside! GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

Deb_ Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 12:13am
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Congratulations and best wishes!

I hope you make oodles of money icon_biggrin.gif

Wishing you much success!

jammjenks Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 12:19am
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This place looks awesome! Definately a great start to making a beautiful bakery. I sure hope you post pictures of the process and completed space.

So happy for you.


Chef_Stef Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 1:49am
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Oh thanks so much you guys...I was out all day running errands and came back to all this...love! icon_smile.gif

The building really is gorgeous, and it's very upscale inside, big stone entryways with a fountain and a granite bathroom and everything. icon_smile.gif

I'm mainly focusing on weddings and (some) special occasion cakes for now, but I'm not against the idea of branching out into desserts, like dessert tables for receptions and parties, etc., since I love to bake but can't really do it for just us or we'd all look like Mrs. Claus around the house! icon_wink.gif For now, though...just mainly weddings...It's appointment only, so I can just...work!

The inside will be very different--not your basic "bakery" frilly-dilly look; I don't do frilly...so the consult area will be black (or white?) floor, round black table, black and ivory leather chairs in a very mod/retro style, silver and mirrored tables, and my favorite green on the walls, with black and white prints, and a lovely inside (not in the sun!) inset sort of area on one wall that is about 2' deep and 10' wide, PERfect for displaying shelves of dummy cakes. I can't wait to get started on THOSE...I want to have some really fun stuff there. Kitchen area is all stainless, concrete, and white cabinets with a tan/white/green marble-look counter, and an apple green mixer, just for fun, and hopefully some green walls if they let me have color in there. Everything's piled up in my garage waiting to get installed, and the fridge and Bodgett are shipping next Monday.

I have to go shopping for the "finish" goodies later this week or next (food storage, soap dispensers, pot holders, coffeepot, all the little things I keep forgetting about).

Anyhoo...everyone's raring to get started, so as soon as the city signs off on the drawings, they should be done in about 10-14 days. And yes, definitely I'll post pictures!!

Thanks again for all the good will...I really appreciate it!

dandelion56602 Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 3:28am
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If they say no to color, or if you haven't approached them about painting in color, you might suggest you'll paint it the color of their choice before leaving the premises. Not that you'll be leaving icon_wink.gif but for their peace of mind (and maybe an accent wall only will help with convincing). If it's still a no, you can hang fabric panels which can add color & easily replaced. And if you're a bargain shopper you can probably find it in a clearance section. Just trying to help a girl out b/c I am a color lover too!

Chef_Stef Posted 7 Apr 2009 , 4:15am
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The color in the kitchen is more up to the Health Dept--they said everything has to be washable and "light" colored...

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