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post #16 of 27

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.

post #17 of 27
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And all the names that I've mentioned are real bakeries. Not my ideas for my own.
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post #18 of 27
I 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.
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post #19 of 27

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. 
 

post #20 of 27

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.
 

post #21 of 27
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Dozen started out as a cupcake bakery
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post #22 of 27

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!

post #23 of 27
Pet 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.)
post #24 of 27

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'.

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post #25 of 27
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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. 

post #26 of 27
I too need a name help any suggestions I like the sugar lab idea. I'm an RN and would love to include that somehow.
post #27 of 27

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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