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Where can I rent a commercial kitchen in Michigan?

post #1 of 21
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If anyone knows where I can rent a commercial kitchen "really cheap" in Macomb County Michigan, please let me know. I have called dozens of VFW halls, etc. and can't believe the rude responses that I've gotten. I donate a lot, but have not sold anything yet. I want it to be perfectly legal. I am a stay at home mom and my investment dollars are lacking. Any ideas?
post #2 of 21
Call the dept of Agriculture, they can usually point you in the right direction. Also the MSU extension service has a branch in Macomb county out by Lakeside Mall. They're good with the start to finish of starting a business and they said something about the incubator kitchen being almost ready. Hopefully that will give you some starting points! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 21
i was saying maybe it's not selling my goods where the money's at...it's renting out legal kitchen space. i just finished up with my pastry certificate and everyone at school is talking about how hard it is to find a kitchen to use. definately something to look into. i had also heard about an incubator kitchen down in detroit somewhere. don't know if i want to drive from oakland county, but rent may be cheap. i'll have to find the paperwork again.
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post #4 of 21
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Thanks so much "bobwonderbuns" and "kneadacookie" for your responses. I will follow up on your suggestions. My friend/neighbor and I both had our basements finished about 18 months ago. She had a second kitchen put in her basement. I wasn't even into baking then so I did not have one added. Her's has never been used and she has told me that I could use her 2nd kitchen to acquire a license. I just wasn't sure about whether she'd have to take out added insurance or pay add'l taxes. I didn't want to create problems/expenses for her. I will explore all options and see which ones are feasible.
post #5 of 21
she got a license for her basement?? i was told i could not have it in my home at all. i'd love to hear how she pulled it off.
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post #6 of 21
I know of a few cake decorators who have licensed kitchens attached to the home but none of them are in the tri-county area, they are all out in rural areas. I'm not sure if the restrictions are more lax out there or what the story is.
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post #7 of 21
That's just awful that people are giving you rude responces about renting their kitchens! I always thought "if" I ever did this, that it would be easy to get a kitchen to rent! Yikes!

I have heard that basements could not be certified as well, maybe that depends on the county.

I'd be interested to see more on the incubator kitchen, I thought that was happening in Lansing which is too far away for me.

Have you called any churches yet?
I've often wondered if smaller bakeries - more like the little italian ones that are ALL OVER the Macomb area would rent - or a cookie shop?

What about those food prep places where people pay to build meals for the week - do they have ovens and I wonder if they would be willing to rent? There are a few around, but I have not looked up where, except for one in St. Clair Shores which seems to have called it quits.... hmm so if anyone's looking for a building, I bet they have good kitchen space!
post #8 of 21
Please excuse my ignorance but what is an incubator kitchen? Is that like renting from a church? icon_redface.gif
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post #9 of 21
That's a great question! An incubator kitchen is a fully licensed kitchen which is owned and operated by (say for example) the MSU extension service. People pay for the use of it for so many hours per day (say 4 hours every Thursday) and it already has it's licensing. That is its sole function too, to be a ready-made rent-a-kitchen.

The problem with that as well as renting kitchens from churches and other venues is that you have to store on location ALL your utinsels, food products (sugar, flour, etc.), pots, pans, K5 mixer, spatulas, etc. etc. etc. and do all the work on location. You cannot bring it in during the time you have rented it for because the Dept. of Agriculture cannot assure food safety if you did that (they're quite fussy about that sort of thing!) I know I went round and round with them on that point but they were adamant.
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post #10 of 21
Very interesting! Thanks Bobwonderbuns. I will have to check and see if we have an MSU extension here, which I am sure we do.

Thanks.
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post #11 of 21
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[quote="czyadgrl"]...Have you called any churches yet? ...

I have, but they don't have the appropriate license. The few that I've talked to are allowed to have fundraisers, but not fully licensed to sell to the general public. Michigan Dept. of Agriculture said that I could use a non licensed church or other facility, but I'd have to acquire my own license and pass inspection.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by kneadacookie

she got a license for her basement?? i was told i could not have it in my home at all. i'd love to hear how she pulled it off.



Wow, I don't know who you talked to, but MDA told me that a separate kitchen in my home is fine. They said that it had to have its own refrigerator, sink, stove, utensils, etc. completely separate from those that i use for my family.

Also, here is a link answering that question:
http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125--159914--,00.html
post #13 of 21
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Michigan does have an incubator kitchen. It's located in the Western part of the state, so that won't help me. If anyone is interested, here's the article:

http://www.matr.net/article-22022.html
post #14 of 21
thanks adonis. i guess i'll be calling the mda on monday(the lansing mda)
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post #15 of 21
this is VERY interesting and informative...I live in Detroit and currently looking at what types of possibilities (if any) I could have a having a home based business(guess I"ll have to try out other avenues)...with the employment(or lack of) situation here, one would think if they wanted to start (this type) of home business, it wouldn't be too much of a problem...
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