Business Name Help Please - Again

Business By Motta Updated 16 Oct 2009 , 1:14pm by Motta

Motta Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 3:55am
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I had wanted to name my home-based business "Buttercup Bakery". I didn't know there was one in the U.S. but I liked the name. I got a bit of flak about it so I've dropped it for now (still mulling it over...) I have some time to come up with a name.

I've come up with some new ideas and just wanted your input

1. Baked (my personal fave but not sure it has appeal...)
2. Sugarlove Bakery
3. Sugar Cube Bakery
4. Sweet Studio
5. Sugar Kiss Cake Studio

26 replies
Rylan Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 4:11am
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I like Baked. It is simple and it sounds high end.

sugarandslice Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 4:13am
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I like the ones you've come up with. I really like Baked and you could have some really modern, funky, contemporary graphics to go with it (if that's your style/style of baking you do)

I've always liked:
Have your cake
Icing on the cake
Take the cake

But if you really wanted 'bakery' in the title, maybe Sugar and Spice Bakery or Sugar Rush Bakery

Of course, any of these may already be in use. Just some ideas.
HTH

BakingGirl Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 4:24am
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Thumbs up for Baked - it sounds cool and up-market.

Motta Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 4:25am
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Originally Posted by Rylan

I like Baked. It is simple and it sounds high end.




That's what I was aiming for! Glad to know you thought of it that way.

Motta Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 4:27am
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Originally Posted by emcm51

I like the ones you've come up with. I really like Baked and you could have some really modern, funky, contemporary graphics to go with it (if that's your style/style of baking you do)

I've always liked:
Have your cake
Icing on the cake
Take the cake

But if you really wanted 'bakery' in the title, maybe Sugar and Spice Bakery or Sugar Rush Bakery

Of course, any of these may already be in use. Just some ideas.
HTH






Yes, I want to appeal to the younger generation of brides so I wanted something funky and new. Thanks for the input!

step0nmi Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 5:01am
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I'm sorry icon_redface.gif "Baked" sounds like someone being high icon_sad.gif you would definitely get a certain type of customer with that name icon_lol.gif

I like 4 and 5...those sound more high end to me

blessedist Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 5:43am
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You could use Buttercup and use Cakery instead of bakery...Buttercup Cakery, but I like Baked, some one "worders" seem swanky icon_biggrin.gif

I am young and in the marketable age of what your typical clientele's age group would be. If I saw that name, I'd at least look at the site! It would seem like a chic cake shop that the girls from Sex and the City or Girlfriends would have a scene at picking something up. JMHO icon_rolleyes.gif

chelseak Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:08am
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

I'm sorry icon_redface.gif "Baked" sounds like someone being high icon_sad.gif you would definitely get a certain type of customer with that name icon_lol.gif

I like 4 and 5...those sound more high end to me





I was going to say the same thing but I wasn't sure if I should! Sorry! Some people really like that name, but I keep thinking of someone who is baked! Unless you are going for the munchie craving crowd icon_lol.gif

I like Sweet Studio.....

Ruth0209 Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:15am
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Baked is slang for being stoned. I think people will laugh when they hear that name, and not in a positive way. I would think it was sketchy, not high end.

I really like Sugarlove.

Bluehue Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:24am
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I think a one word name is very chic.
Go through any phone book or google and you will be inundated with *cute and pretty* names - which is fine if thats your thing - but to me it all seems very 70's.

Me, i am in my 50's and to me, Baked is a name all would remember - and not just because they might be stoned...

As long as you go with a chic colour scheme for your business stationary (shop) etc - i say...................................... run with it, it sounds like a winner.

Bluehue

Ruth0209 Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:41am
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The cake in French is Le Gâteau. Kind of cool, but hard to spell and pronounce for some.

In Italian, it's La Torta. I like that.

Sugar in French is Sucre. I like that a lot, too.

Somehow, other languages seem high end.

chelseak Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 7:00am
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Ooooh I like Le Gâteau......

Bluehue Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 8:03am
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Originally Posted by Ruth0209

The cake in French is Le Gâteau. Kind of cool, but hard to spell and pronounce for some.

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Thats a good one - but it is a *type* of cake, so many might think that is the only type of option available...not everyone on civvy street is cake savvy.
I know of two ladies who specialise in Gateau's only.

Bluehue.

Rylan Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 8:34am
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Oh I never knew Baked meant that way--I still like it though, very catchy and chic on my taste.

Btw, Ruth, Torta is a Mexican Sandwich and also a Filipino dish which is basically composed of eggs and some type of protein--doesn't really high end either.

I do like Le Gâteau but I agree, it may be hard for others to spell and pronounce.

I also agree with Bluehue, if your color scheme and your shop looks chic, it would look high end because no matter how high end the name sounds, if the shop, business cards looks tacky, then it will so not look high end.

sara91 Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 10:05am
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I like Sugarlove Cakery.

There is a website called 'Brown Eyed Baker' which I find hilarious.

Most people I know would say a brown eye is a very common slang name for the anus.

Maybe it dosen't mean that in the USA.

Just a warning you need to think about what your name means around the globe.

ccr03 Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 1:27pm
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@step0nmi I thought the exact same thing. And I could see the idea grow if the OP added "funky" designs. And trust me ppl. in the 20-30 age range (young, modern brides) know baked means high.

Sugarlove sounds cools

cakesweetiecake Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 2:47pm
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There is a BAKED here in the US. I like Sugarlove Bakery
Sweet Studio but I think I'd add "THE" to Sweet Studio -----> The Sweet Studio.

Motta Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 5:41pm
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Hey, I didn't get an email that there were new responses! Thank you all!!!

I knew that Baked means high but I still liked it. icon_lol.gif It's kinda bad-ass without being outrightly bad-ass. I googled it last night and, yes, there is one in the U.S. and I love their style. I'm so torn because Sugarlove and The Sweet Studio are also too cool to pass up. I'm having hard time deciding...I think seeing the names with graphics might help but I have to pick the name first before I pay for artwork.

snarkybaker Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:06pm
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I have bad news for you ... Baked is also a very famous bakery in NYC.

http://bakednyc.com/

Now, "Baked" is too common to be able to trademark, so you won't be in legal trouble, but, it won't be your own either.

Clovers Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:19pm
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I like The Sweet Studio, except it makes me think of candy before I think cake, just because of 'sweets' typically meaning candy...

Motta Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:28pm
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"Le Gateau" is an awesome name but taken around here. Lots of French-Canadian settlements in this area. Someone also has taken "Sugarshack " (the cabin where maple sugar is stored and another French tradition in Canada).

I like the idea of a translated word. Any other ideas would be welcome! It sounds like it's hard to be completely original with these bakery names...

sugalips Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 6:33pm
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My daughter and I went on the trademarks/names website and found a lot of names licensed under "SUGARLIPS" so that is what made us change to "SUGALIPS." Kinda funny because we are not even close to a southern accent population. icon_confused.gificon_lol.gif You might want to look at that website.

Motta Posted 13 Oct 2009 , 10:03pm
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Thanks, I'll do that. p.s. I love Sugalips - so cute and sassy!

froglover Posted 14 Oct 2009 , 5:12pm
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I'm not sure if you'd read my earlier post for another person asking about names but this is my advice of things to keep in mind. HTH and if you've already read this post from before sorry for re-posting just wanted to make sure you've considered some of these items.

We went through tons of names before we decided. I don't have suggestions on names as much as what to consider. BTW It helps of you have done a business plan because it makes you think more about the future not just the here and now. I will use my original name when it was just me(Chasitys Creative Cakes)in the examples for reference.

1. Will you only be doing cakes? If not then do not put cakes in your name. Ex. we do cakes, cookies, candies, brittles, fudges dipped strawberries etc. so Chasitys Creative Cakes may not lead people to you for your other goods.
2. If you use a street name it would be hard to move your shop to another location. Ex. Main Street Cakes now located on Pine Street.
3. Again if you use a county, state, city, area location in your name you will have the same problem if you decide later to move. Ex Texarkana City cakes located in Dallas.
4. If you use just your name will you someday want a partner in the future. Ex Chasitys Creative Cakes was only for me and now I have 2 partners now which I would never have thought would happen.
5. When you do decide on a name you can google it but it doesn't matter if someone else has that name only if they are in your area will it matter. Ex my business is called Edible Elegance with a tag line of making memories just a little sweeter. We are located in Texarkana, Texas/Arkansas and if you google Edible Elegance you will find one in spokan wa and waterford mi but that doesn't matter because they are not near us.
6. Our town is known as the twin citys or twice as nice so we considered making that part of our name or tag line but then again if we decided we needed to move we couldn't keep the same name without it being a little wierd.
7. Don't spell things in funny ways. Yes it may look cute but it will get old quickly Ex. Cakes4U or Crazy Cakez because everytime you are telling people your name and they need to write it down you will have to spell it out. And the same thing when you give people your website. Kinda like anyone who has a different spelling or different first or last name you know you you are that person when someone asks you your name and you start spelling it without even being asked
Lady: and what is your first name
Me: Chasity thats C-H-A-S-I-T-Y
Lady: and your last name?
Me: Grissom thats G-R-I-S-S-O-M
I thought it would get better when I got married but no it's the same
Lady: what is your new last name so we can change it in our system
Me: Russell that R-U-S-S-E-L-L
8. The best thing we did was write down a bunch of ideas and show them to friends and family they are the ones who brought ideas # 5 and 6 above.
9. Dont make it or your tag line too long.
Ex Our name is Edible Elegance our 1st tag line was We make your memories just a little bit sweeter. But we shortened it to Making Memories Just a Little Sweeter. Remember you will have to fit your name and tag line onto business cards, banners, ads (where you pay per word or inch)
10. Keep everything above in mind but above all else like the name you pick. If you like the funny spelling of Cakez then just know you will always have to spell it out.

HTH Sorry it's so long
Chasity Russell thats spelled C-H-A-S-I-T-Y R-U-S-S-E-L-L LOL

2SimplySweet Posted 16 Oct 2009 , 5:58am
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How about:

1. Sweet Measure
2. Sugar Cane Sensations
3. Sugar Spoon
4. Sweet Lumps
5. One Lump or Two
6. Cake Delights
7. Crumpets
8. Sugar Bowl

of couse you can choose any of these to follow the name:
Cakery
Bakery
Cake Shop
Bake Shop

Motta Posted 16 Oct 2009 , 1:14pm
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froglover a.k.a. Chastity - thank you so much for the detailed response. You've given me so much to think about! It IS hard to find a good name and when there are others who have it, it's disappointing but it's good to know that location DOES make a difference. Your other points are great too!

2SimplySweet - wow, you have a great imagination! Thanks for the list. I'll run through them with DH, there's a few good ones in there!!!

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