kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 12:32am
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AWhat do you like in a bakery name? Do you like something cutesy? Something that sounds fancy? Or something quirky? Any bakery name pet peeves? A couple that I heard that I really liked were

Crumble and flake A wish and a whisk Baked Babushka bakery

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kikiandkyle Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 1:32am
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AI think your name should reflect the style of cake you want to do, and the kind of customer you want to attract. For me, I hope to appeal to the more elegant bride and celebration customer, so I want to have a name that they will be drawn to.

I also think it has to be easy to remember and easy to spell. Pet peeve when it comes to names of any kind is 'unique spelling'.

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 1:45am
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My pet peeve is anything "cakes by..." just because it's so overdone. Or spelling something wrong to have alliteration, like spelling cakes "kakes". No offense to anyone who has these names, just personally not a fan! 

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 1:49am
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AOh and another one I love is dozen.

Jess155 Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 2:00am
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Like-

 

-Last name or town name in there

-Short and to the point

 

 

 

Dislike-

 

-Misspellings "Kakes" etc.

-Names that are over done "Cakes by So-and -So"

-Trying to be edgy but bordering on offensive

 

Out of the ones you listed, I like "Baked" and "Babushka Bakery" the best. 

 

It's sort of like choosing a name for your child, isn't it?  I've never met a doctor, for example, (and I know many, many doctors) named Bambi or Trixie.  Something simple and classic will always serve a better purpose than trying to be cutsie or unique.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 2:02am
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AI don't like the town in the name. Makes me feel like they didn't try very hard.

liz at sugar Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 2:38am
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Agreed on no creative spellings, and not a fan of the city or town name inclusions.

 

Liz
 

IAmPamCakes Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 2:49am
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AI really like simplicity in a name. 'Flour' 'Baked' 'Butter Lane'... I lIke those. They are, of course, already famous names.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 3:03am
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AAll of the names I listed are already bakeries too. I don't know how famous they are though. Dozen ia pretty famous in pittsburgh

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:04am

AJust for fun I googled Trixie phd. It was silly

TheSugarLab Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:10am

I came up with The Sugar Lab because I wanted to combine my love of science (and my biology degree) with my love of baking. It came up in a brainstorm with my mom (also my business partner) and her hair dresser. It also incorporates our philosophy: we have no problem experimenting with new designs or new flavors. 

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:11am

ALike I sau d in the other theead, cute! I love it.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:15am

AWhen you are picking a name, do you want it to be completely unique? Or just unique to your state?

I was hoping for a completely unique name, but I just googled it and found out someone has it. Which I shouldvee done before I gor my hopes up. It was on the second page too so I really was thinking there wasn't one.

Pyro Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:31am

Kakes by Pyro icon_evil.gif

 

But more seriously, I just wanted to bring 1 thing up. Asking for directions that could help you find a good name is, well, good !  But don't post final names you're debating until you secure them. So many people can read the forums and run with a name you are debating to register it themselves.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:43am

Athat's why I just wanted to start a thread talking about bakery names in general.

Elcee Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:46am

I went with slightly cute but not child-like. My city has a city name everything, thousands of them...my first name is Linda so Cakes by me would have been too generic, my last name is unpronounceable for most people, I also dislike misspellings, made up words, and misappropriated words.

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 4:46am

AAnd all the names that I've mentioned are real bakeries. Not my ideas for my own.

kikiandkyle Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 11:59am

AI have come up with several great names, only to find they're already gone (because they were great, obviously!). Or if nothing else, an at home baker has made a Facebook page with it.

rica827 Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 3:37pm

Agree with everyone else!  No "Cakes by So and So", or misspellings, or anything hard to spell in general.  I'm always drawn to short and classy names, like Crumbs, Magnolia, etc. Something easy to say, spell, and remember. 
 

dawnybird Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 5:04pm

I agree with all of the others about too cutesy, misspelling words, etc.  I also like something that sounds simple and a little understated. Baked and Crumbs are good examples of that. One-word names seem so easy to remember and yet, get your attention. I dislike "Dozen" because it doesn't seem to make sense unless you're only a cupcake or cookie bakery. If I saw "Dozen" on a sign, I would be thinking "What is that place?"  I don't think you can come up with much that isn't already used by someone.

 

I've always liked "Just Desserts" for some reason. Probably used profusely, and maybe some people might think that's cutesy. It's all personal preference.
 

kaylawaylalayla Posted 28 Jun 2013 , 6:58pm

ADozen started out as a cupcake bakery

mchull Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 4:06pm

Along the same topic...what should I do to determine if the name is already in use outside of doing an internet search?  If it is in use but not anywhere near my area (for example, I live in TX and the only use I can find is somewhere on the east coast) could I still consider it a contender?  Do I need to/should I see if the name is a registered business name in some national context or just local?  If a name is registered for business use I imagine it is registered in a particular state not on a national level, although for obvious reasons I wouldnt want to duplicate one that is in use close to me or is widely known.  I would hate to begin using a name and branding later have to change because of some conflict. Thank you for any advise!

cakecrafting450 Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 6:30pm

APet peeve: using "n" in place of "and" (ex: Sugar n Spice*) I just find that tacky.

*(I don't know if sugar n spice is real or not. I just used that.)

MBalaska Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 6:53pm

Good luck picking out a name.  Do make sure it is simple, normal spelling (so it can be searched easily by your customers) and tells people it's cake (or at least food.)

 

and watch for something that hints in other directions.  small story- a new shop opened up in town.  I never saw a car in front or people buying.  passed it by for months.  finally stopped in.  It was a sub sandwich shop. I bought a couple subs and it was superb.

 

still no customers.  I stopped in again.  I asked the owner operator if he thought that the Name of the Business may be a problem. Perhaps it was keeping people away.  He said that he and his wife had proudly picked that name and it meant what it hinted at !  OK.  It closed up a few months later.  The name was 'dobee'  Personally, I thought it might be a 'headshop'.

mchull Posted 21 Aug 2013 , 11:45pm
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Originally Posted by MBalaska 

Good luck picking out a name.  Do make sure it is simple, normal spelling (so it can be searched easily by your customers) and tells people it's cake (or at least food.)

 

and watch for something that hints in other directions.  small story- a new shop opened up in town.  I never saw a car in front or people buying.  passed it by for months.  finally stopped in.  It was a sub sandwich shop. I bought a couple subs and it was superb.

 

still no customers.  I stopped in again.  I asked the owner operator if he thought that the Name of the Business may be a problem. Perhaps it was keeping people away.  He said that he and his wife had proudly picked that name and it meant what it hinted at !  OK.  It closed up a few months later.  The name was 'dobee'  Personally, I thought it might be a 'headshop'.

LoL!  That made me chuckle.  Just goes to show that your branding can be as important as your product. 

Paolaace978 Posted 23 May 2014 , 1:24am

AI too need a name help any suggestions I like the sugar lab idea. I'm an RN and would love to include that somehow.

CoutureCake Posted 25 May 2014 , 7:45pm

Do a Google search and if the name is already chosen by another business, regardless of it's in another part of the country, don't use that name unless it's something generic like "Small town bakery" and you live in a town by the same name.  Also, when you do find a name purchase all the ".com/.net/etc." for that name so you officially own it in terms of online. 

 

The reason I point that out is because I've had issues because of other people who used the name (or the plural version which I think there are multiple business' using) and getting contacted because they skipped town on a bride!  I kid you not, I've had to explain "sorry, wrong baker, I'm in MINNESOTA, and you're calling me from FLORIDA!" or wherever it was.  Not just once, but multiple times I've had this happen. 

 

Stand on your own two feet in your name.  It should draw the type of clientele you wish to attract and also industry wise, you want your name associated with that business.  "WOW!  Who made the original cake??? OH!  It was ________ from ______________ in ________!!" 

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