Grand Opening Tips?

Business By muddpuppy Updated 10 Mar 2010 , 1:55am by ShopGrl1128

muddpuppy Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 7:21pm
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Hello all!!

I'm just one month away from moving from a rental kitchen to my own store front!! Woo Hoo!!
Any tips or ideas in regaurds to a grand opening?
Did you all hold one?
Did you do it right away or wait until the shop was running a little smoother?
Am I crazy? lol ...
Thanks bunches!!

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pattycakesnj Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 7:34pm
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we opened in December and still haven't had our grand opening. We are planning a gallery type opening, at night, by invitation with food (confection type) and drink.

muddpuppy Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 7:45pm
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That sounds like a nice idea! I like the gallery feel... not the free food come n get it kind of idea... lol

pattycakesnj Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 8:25pm
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exactly, we want to attract the high end customer (we are not a bakery but by appointment only cake and confection design studio) so we are inviting all the movers and shakers and doctors and lawyers we know (I am a retired lawyer so I know a lot of people). There will still be some that come for the free food but by doing it at night, we hope that will cut down on that group

cakesweetiecake Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 3:48pm
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That gallery opening sounds like a great idea!

KarmaStew Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 3:56pm
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I opened almost four years ago and still haven't had a grand opening, and will never. I mean, I'm too busy to even pee, let alone plan something like that.

saberger Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 4:09pm
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Congrats on the move! I guess it depends who your clientele are. I know some have had a grand opening with a balloon artist and turned it into a kids event and had it listed for free in the paper because she was doing cupcakes.

Christy0722 Posted 5 Mar 2010 , 5:38pm
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Talk with your local Chamber of Commerce. Our local chamber assists with grand openings, advertising, etc. and they do an excellent job! You have to become a member of course but for around $70 a year and all the extra's that are included is worth it!

AmandaLP Posted 6 Mar 2010 , 2:15am
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Press. Contact your local newspapers, a lot of them will cover grand openings.

loriemoms Posted 9 Mar 2010 , 6:21am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KarmaStew

I opened almost four years ago and still haven't had a grand opening, and will never. I mean, I'm too busy to even pee, let alone plan something like that.





hahaha!

ShopGrl1128 Posted 10 Mar 2010 , 1:55am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KarmaStew

I opened almost four years ago and still haven't had a grand opening, and will never. I mean, I'm too busy to even pee, let alone plan something like that.




LOL! same here!

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