If you've read previous threads and posts of mine, you may know that I've been in the process of trying to open a retail shop for several months now. We finally jumped through our last major hurdle with the city and today they finally approved our plans!! We're not doing too much major constructions but we are putting a walkway in between the kitchen and the retail space. It's actually two units owned by two different people so that makes things interesting. I'm beyond excited and anticipating a September 14 Grand Opening!!!!
For those of you who don't know anything about me, my name is Ali and I'm in business with my mom. We opened our made to order bakery in April 2012 and have done fairly well! Our commercial kitchen is located in a semi-industrial area in Ventura, CA but it is very close to a very busy street. I'll be turning 24 in just 12 days and cannot believe that my dream of opening a retail location is almost a reality.
When we open the retail shop, we will be part gourmet cupcakes, part custom cake studio. We also do custom sugar cookies, scratch marshmallows, dabbled in macarons and our family's white chocolate macadamia nut popcorn. It's seriously addicting!
I wanted to give a big thank you to the entire CC community!!! I read these threads almost every day trying to absorb as much information as I can. There are so many creative and talented people on this site! For all the newbies out there, really listen to the advice people give and consider how it can help you. Work out things for yourself (LIKE PRICING!!!) and know that you will stumble along the way. My first week in the commercial kitchen, I burned a carrot cake (buy an oven thermometer!!!!!), started a massive flood, and had an ant infestation.