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post #16 of 31
It would be great if you could some how ask The people in your area what they would like to have in a bakery. After all that's where your business will Come from. What works in one area might not necessarily work in another area.

However, here are a few of my suggestions:
1. If possible have a place that's clutter free and tidy looking. As A few members mentioned. There is nothing worse the a place that's cramped. It may be clean but the clutter detracts from the cleaniness and just makes it look dirty. Also, Clutter is a distraction from your work.

2. An area where folks can view your portfolio out of the traffic flow.

3. You mentioned the name that you are going to use. I would say to have a colourful decor. But not so colourful that it's in competition with you work. Maybe some murals on the walls. Hmmm on the topic of colors. Make sure you choose wisely also. Some cultures Are very superstitious about colors. Case in point, there was a vegas casino that was not attracting a certain group of high rollers. Further research showed it was because of the colour scheme. It was inauspicious. They changed the colour scheme and that problem was rectified. I guess the moral is, colour is important.

4. Not sure what area you live in but there was A bakery where I used To live that had an area for kids. They would charge a small fee and you Could leave The kids in that play area. Had arts and crafts etc... Things to keep the kids occupied while the adults did their taste testing. I thought that was a really Cool idea. Only draw back is you need the space for this.

I wish you would have posted more on what your plans are, by this I mean. When I Think of a bakery I think of a place where I just go in to get a cake or bread. But are you Thinking more along the lines of a dessert place offering cakes and cookies And coffee etc?

OK.... I am not sure if you are aware of this but you mentioned the name you wanted to use. NEVER EVER announce the name of a future business unless you have gone through the proper channels. Having it registered or trademaked etc. A good friend of mine who is a chef found This out The hard way. He told another friend of his and that person went and registered the name giving him full rights to the name. My Friend could no longer use that name.

I wish you all the best of luck and I am sorry about you losing your job.


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post #17 of 31
A cool idea would be to have a small coffee bar and an area for kids. A corner with a train table and some books and table for moms to sit at.

You could almost guarantee (sp) that moms would come in, buy a coffee, a pastry or a slice of cake, and something for their kiddos to eat.
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post #18 of 31
Here is a bakery that I used to work at. It's probably a little bigger than what you are looking for, but it might give you some ideas.

http://www.eddiesbakerycafe.com/about.htm
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post #19 of 31
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Okay ladies ya'll are wonderful and the ideas keep getting better and better, my mind is just whirling with ideas ya'll have inspired. One of you ladies mention asking the people around my area and I also thought of that idea. Let me give ya'll some info on the area I live. Its a little rural town in the middle of GA. It's a very religous town alot of older people that love to go out in the mornings and hang out at the Mcdonalds and chat and gossip, Mostly men hehe. As for the name I have had all the legal stuff done. I want to serve mainly cakes, cookies, brownies and a few sweet breads. I am also going to offer cake decorating classes. I love the decorate a cookie Idea for the kids. I really don't want to have alot of tables for people to sit and eat right now, maybe when I get bigger and better at this business stuff, too much other things go into that. But one day I would love to have a cafe'. But to start off its just going to be me. And also too thanks for the confidence ya'll are great.
post #20 of 31
Pejmo3 - I am so excited for you. I have always thought I would love to open a bakery / cafe. I also live in GA, and I was wondering what town you live in. You can just PM if you want. All the ideas that you have already gotten sound great. Overall, I think the place should represent who you are. Your style. I love the idea about the scrapbook of your photos, and definatly a nice quiet nook area for people to look at the book without having a crowd around them. Good luck and again - congratulations.
post #21 of 31
Here's my 2 cents... (sorry if I've repeated others!)


- a good, clean concise website with flavours, sizes and prices

- minimal decor in the bakery, paint the area a fresh pale pastel (yellow is good, pink is too girly...remember grooms are going to have to be in here too!) Clean, clean, clean!

- I think having a seating area like an old-fashioned soda shop would be adorable...swivel stools and a counter where you stand up behind it to consult with them, my dream! It would make them feel as though they are about to get a treat!

- private one-on-one consultations where you can taste samples and don't feel rushed

- the ability to rent stands, equipment etc.

- a list of reputable florists in the area and photos

- I personally hate the dusty styrofoam fake cakes, but people are visual and like seeing these on display to get an idea of what you can do...but for God's sake keep them clean and cobweb free...yuk!

- a solid standard price list, easy to read

- price lists, business cards and possibly a brochure that people can take away easily
post #22 of 31
I think an area for kids would be great .. it would keep them occupied while the Mom's can browse and look for what they want .. I think doing different, unusual cakes would be an asset to a bakery, instead of just normal sheet cakes with the decorating kits that you normally see... maybe some tiered cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, etc... a lot of bakeries tend to do just sheet cakes and I feel to stay competitive, do the different cakes... also, I think having an small area with a few tables and chairs with some coffee would bring repeaters to your business.. by repeaters, I mean maybe some retirees just looking for a quiet place to have coffee and a cookie or some type of kolache for breakfast .. there is a bakery up the road from where I work and she has frequent, repeat visitors like that all the time in her business.. it appears her shop is staying busy too ..

I think books to look at of your work is a "must" ... in nice covers, in a nice book cover ... keep it looking nice too .. if it gets worn, replace it .. nothing as aggravating as going into a shop and pages falling out all over the place ...

that's just a few suggestions that I have icon_biggrin.gif I think you'll do great and I wish you all the best in your endeavor .. I wish I'd be closer to you... I'd love to just go help you out to get your business going icon_smile.gif
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post #23 of 31
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ntertayneme, I wish you were closer also, I could use all the help I could get and thanks for the ideas, Bubbles I live in middle GA about an hour south of macon, and what about this heat and hummidity?. I would love to have a website but as of right now I am just gathering information to get my business started, I would love to have it going before the Holidays show up but I don't know we will see.
post #24 of 31
Pejmo - Not only the heat and hummidity, what about this rain. OMG - I can't seem to go out anymore with out looking like a drowned rat. I actually live in Canton, and I have no idea how far that is from Middle, GA. Good luck. I hope you are able to get it up and running for the holidays.
post #25 of 31
cheese danish and cherry cheese danish! Cheesecakes....
post #26 of 31
Nothing in the world smells better than freshly baked goods that you can smell while walking or even driving and the aroma seeps into!!!
When you walk in and the place is clean, neat and tidy and the workers look clean, neat and tidy then you will shop there. Nothing worse than seeing ugly dirty aprons, messy or greasy hair, dirty fingernails and flies.....ewwww! That's just on the outside appearance, you gotta wonder what's going on behind the scenes....nope.
I may sound snobbish with this, but if it appears as stated above I kindly browse and leave.
post #27 of 31
I know when I go to a specialty shop i like the idea that i can look at things on a computer screen instead of in a book. My suggestion is instead of having a book of your cakes and baked goodies, put them on a computer and then people can browse by holiday, birthday, cookies,ect. I always have my two boys when i do anything and they sit still alot longer if we are looking on a computer at something then they do if i am fliping through pages in a book.

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post #28 of 31
I am getting ready to also open shop in about 5 months so I loved reading this thread. Along the kid line, I was going to add birthday parties and field trips. Our school is huge on field trips and if you charge a few bucks a kid and allow them to decorate their own cake you may not make a ton on the "event" but you have 30 prospective new customers.
Thats my two cents icon_biggrin.gif . I still have so many unanswered questions myself, I feel like im going to need counter and baking help but not quite sure how to pay for that yet! Let me know how it all works out!
post #29 of 31
Hi there and best of luck...I'm sure you'll do great!!!

As far as pleasing the kids...my 3 year old always wants to go to the "cookie store" when we are in a certain neighborhood. It is a regular bakery but they also sell decorated cookies for the kids. She LOVES that stuff and she chooses one for her brother as well and it's just the biggest treat for them. They are cost efficient....they decorate the counters beautifully and if you wrap them they can stay out for a couple of days....

Also...invest in a gumball machine.....but keep it outside if possible

I live in NY and I have also noticed that a lot of bakeries have a whimsical look to them.....pretty pastel colors mixed with fancy chandeliers and signs and menus lettered with curly fonts (Curlz)....just a thought but if someone walks by and says....Oh..look how cute....chances are they will come in!!

Good luck!
post #30 of 31
That is clean. That is smells good. That everything looks and tastes fresh or at least not a week old icon_lol.gif

Especially the sweet smell of baked goods like they just came out of the oven, some nice background music, nice soft colors.... etc..

It may sound silly, but might want to do a ergonomics study on what works best for bakery environment to attrack people, keep them comfortable and keep them coming back.

Ergonomics is the study of how the environment affects the moods of people and their senses, comfort, etc..
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