Where To Do Cake Tastings If You Rent

Business By GIAcakes Updated 18 Jan 2011 , 1:00am by Kitagrl

GIAcakes Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 1:47pm
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A friend and I may have an opportunity to rent out a kitchen at a local establishment in our city. If we do this we can start advertising and get a business going. My question is, Where would we do taste testings for brides?

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simplysouthern Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 2:05pm
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I set up an area in my home for tastings. I work out of my church kitchen and even though they have a room I could use, I prefer to have it set up at home. We converted our sun room into my craft/cake area. It has its own entrance, so really no one actually enters my home living area, they are truly separate. I bought some old ice cream parlor type chairs and refurbished, added a cute table from IKEA. I keep it set with a cute cake stand and plates that I've picked up at thrift stores and garage sales. I love vintage so I try to stay within that feel. People don't mind coming to my home bc I keep my sessions private without interruption.

leily Posted 17 Jan 2011 , 2:17pm
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I have a home business, but i don't feel comfortable with people coming for consultations to my home. Plus i have two kids under 2 that make things a little more difficult icon_smile.gif

Our local community center allows local businesses to use their facilities for free. Our local one has 3 smaller meeting rooms (hold 40-50 ppl) and then one large area too. It might be worth looking into if you have one nearby.

GIAcakes Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 12:03am
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thanks those are good ideas!

Stephy42088 Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 12:35am
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I might here some backlash for this...but I always go to them. I don't want people coming to my home or to my rental area because its rather drab and unprofessional. And people really appreciate it when I make it convenient for them, and I book the wedding every time. I read a book once and the idea was to provide A TON of value to the customer, then sell them, then upsell them and then provide more value. I may change in the future, especially if I open a storefront but for now people seem to really like it.

Jennifer1970 Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 12:41am
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I have met people at the local Panera cafe, and have gone to their homes.

Kitagrl Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 12:45am
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I go to a coffee shop nearby. I've had a few requests to travel to the customer but I don't want to get into doing that...with traffic and stuff around here, I am not really good with travelling 30 mins to an hour just to MAYBE get a client.

So we meet at the coffee shop.

jenmat Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 12:52am
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They come to my home. I have a new home and only one little girl who loves the whole cake thing and keeps to herself during the meetings, so I'm good there.
I also live about 30 minutes out of town, so they have to really want to come to me, which weeds out the ones only looking for free cake.

simplysouthern Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 12:56am
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I rarely go to a client. Personally I'm not comfortable going to someone's home and I don't like public places.....too many distractions, and no thank you to hauling samples all over town and wasting my gas for a tasting. I love having a private area for clients to sit and relax but I know not everyone has that possibility at their residence. I was lucky my DH has a contractors background and engineering degree, also my dad is a builder sooooo all in all I have a great space that was geared for my exact needs. I think my space is uber professional and my clients always compliment it!

Kitagrl Posted 18 Jan 2011 , 1:00am
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I used to do them at my home but even though my husband took the boys, there were too many unknowns...sometimes they'd come home too early, or one time the (at-the-time) baby was napping but woke up early with a poopy diaper and stunk up the entire house when my client was trying to eat her cake (she never called back) so that was the last tasting I ever did at my house. Bleh.

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