First off I would like to introduce myself to the community. I have been decorating cakes for a little less than a year and due the responces that I have received I am lookin to open a store front in the next six months. I wanted to do it out of my house but due to pets in the house I'm unable so I'm looking to open up a shop around 1500sqft with kitchen and decorating in back with small counter for cupcakes and other desserts and a few table and chairs in front.
So my question is who do you use for your suppliers? I'm looking for equipment (new or used)as well as material/ingredients so any information that is given (even if its just advice) is greatly appreciated. Also if the suppiers use credit or cash up front or how they would like payment.
Thanks everyone for your responses in advance.
Where are you located at exactly?
Restaurant Supply on W. Broad for equipment
Cake Craft on Cleveland Ave.
Happy Hostess off of Steltzer Rd.
You're killing me ! I'm FROM westerville !
I WOULD NEVER EVER EVER buy stuff from HH or CC to supply out a shop. The mark up for you to the customer would be idiotic. You need wholesale, not retail.
For equipment, Honestly, check out Mendelson's Outlet in Dayton. Stainless countertops, ovens, and other professional sized gear. As for ordering in boxes and boards.....My brain can't remember who I got my boxes from in bulk. Crap. Sorry. It's been too long since I had to go in the 100s for boxes.
Another more local idea, but I don't think they carry used is Wasserstroms just north of the Soccer Fields/Fairgrounds off 71 south. I used to get most of my smaller supplies/ pans, rollers, etc from them.
PM me and I'll shoot you to our local (mostly Ohian) cake bakers website.
I would prefer wholesale and used equipment first but if I need to I would buy new.
Thanks for the ideas thou, even websites would help.
Check out auctions in the area. One place to start: bidfta.com
When I started, I went to auctions and bought all my equipment used. I would never buy new equipment to start up. Stainless steel last forever and is so much cheaper used. Buy the biggest mixers, ovens, etc that you can afford. A bigger mixer saves employee hours.
Bakemark is in Cincinnati and ships bakery supplies (Food items) all over. I use them even in IN. You have to fill out a credit application. I always pay COD onall my shipments, becasue I hate dealing with even more bills and when they are due...one less thing to worry about.
CK Products is in IN but ships all over. They are good for pans, boards, boxes, etc. They have an online site.
Good Luck, and be prepared to work hard!
I always pay COD onall my shipments, becasue I hate dealing with even more bills and when they are due...one less thing to worry about.
Boy, me too!!! Plus it's nice to know that the money in the bank is mine and isn't earmarked for supplier payments.
Restaurant Equippers in Cincinnati is good. I've bought a lot of my smallwares from them. Their shipping is really inexpensive.
There is a Restaurant Equippers in Columbus. It's at 635 W. Broad St. I would start there they have new an used equipment.
jolmk, you're right .... they are in Columbus, not Cincinnati!