Originally Posted by elvis
You lucky, lucky girl! You'll regret it later if you don't at least try-- this kind of thing never happens! Awesome.
Exactly my feelings. I said to my hubby last night, "You know, in a month, someone could walk up to me and offer me the same or better... but how likely do you think that is?"
The good thing about the shop is that most of my work would continue to come from sources outside of town like it is now, so I would not be stuck having to keep a store front open for hours and hours every day. I could have it open any time I want for any walk-in biz, but that wouldn't be the main source of income. So it wouldnt have to take away too much from my SAHM-ness. That is my main concern, that Im still here for my boys as much as they need me, until they are in school, then I have my days free.
I have several businesses that want to buy from me for resale, but I've previously had to say 'no' because that is one of the limitations of my legality the way I operate now. So, those types of accounts would be the money makers. The handful of people that would want to sit in there and slurp coffee and nurse a single cinnamon roll for 2 hours would not be where the money is. (Think: Bluehairs playing cards for 2 hours but its cool because they were friends of my Gramma and would be supportive of me in this endeavor)
If I got into actually serving food, there are 2 sources of competition. We have one full service restaurant (that is closed on Mondays) in town and one gas station with a miniature kitchen that makes sandwiches, pizzas, etc. I don't really want to give them a ton of competition because we keep things friendly around here. I'm telling you, 500 people in this town, that's no joke. You dont crap where you eat! But I would be doing a completely different type of food, so I don't think I'd really be direct competition.
Opening to the public with food is really something that would come more down the line anyway, if I felt I wanted to do that. At first it would mainly be corporate accounts, and my continued cake customers. This would be a wonderful, attractive place to meet my brides, instead of in my kitchen.
I do have a couple people that are chomping at the bit to work for me, but that will all depend on how things are going. I've made it very clear that I can't afford to pay anyone YET. If the wholesale accounts are profitable, I may pay someone to deliver them. If I choose to do in-house food consumption I may pay someone to care for the customers. That person may be one in the same, it's hard to say.
Another idea that Ive kicked around for years is sort of a restaurant. I call it Take It or Leave It dinner service. Essentially, I cook what I feel like cooking that day and there is a sign or something letting you know what Ive got (voice mail msg you can call in to if you dont want to come over to find out) and then you decide if you want to take it or leave it. It would be mostly a carry out biz, perhaps even in-home delivery for the people in my town. I am an excellent cook, so it might be popular for people who are having to drive 30, 40, 50+ miles to get home after work and just want a decent dinner they dont have to cook. Options, options, I can see SO many options!
As far as names go, my current cake name is pretty durn lame because I wasn't all hardcore into it when I started using it. It was just a silly little notion I used... but if I am going to open a shop I want a cool name. I've looked into the availability of some pretty neat stuff, but I keep coming back to a few that strike me. Since I live (and the shop would be) in Lost Nation, I have kicked around ideas that include that name. In part or in whole. I just haven't really decided yet.
My, my, my... look who's wordy. Sheesh.