Ive been decorating my cakes for years, but turned legal when the Texas Bakers bill was passed in 2011. Since then, business has been booming and my skills have improved a lot, I think. I had a very steady income with at least 1 wedding per weekend (sometimes 3 in the month of June!) on top of birthday cakes and cupcakes. I had a large customer base and word of mouth did wonders for my business. I would have never considered opening up a bakery where I lived, though, because where I lived, there was a cupcake shop and cake bakery on every block, it seemed. It was financially sounder (?) for me to not have the overhead and to keep my profit and work from home. However, in October my husbands job relocated us 5 hours away to a new, smaller town where nobody knew who I was. I took a few months off to unpack my house, get the kids settled in school and to mourn the death of a family member, but in January I attended the bridal show here with BOOMING success. Literally, my phone has done nothing but go off since then. I've booked at least 7 weddings since then and have done quite a few birthday cakes, etc. What a lot of the customers, and most importantly, owners of other businesses and wedding vendors are telling me is that the other bakeries in town (maybe 4?) are really going downhill. The cakes are dry, wrong, look horrible, fall, crumble, are late being delivered and set up, etc. Literally, one of the business owners said "You couldn't have moved to this town at a better time". So my question is whether anyone else has successfully transitioned from a successful home baker to a bakery owner. I would love any advice out there! There isn't a whole lot of retail space, so there isn't really one location that I would be too dumb to pass up. I'd really have to spend a lot of time, energy and money into finding something suitable for my needs. Thanks in advance!!!