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post #136 of 170
recovering from the beat down, sorry to be a back stabber. I guess that is my lot in life to be the slime of the earth that clung to your shoe!

I think this lady see that you have talent and may need a hand up. She had the place and it worked for her. She is now willing to give you the opportunity she had. If you don't like it, you can walk. What will the terms be like in 6 months. Is it really affordable for you? Is the time right for you? I would really like to say go for it. I also know not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but if it sounds to good to be true, I would do a bit of research and then try it. I am so excited for you. In all honesty, I know you don't seem to care for me but I do wish you the best of luck.

Going to bed to lick my wounds.
yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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post #137 of 170
I say have all written down in a contract! Sounds awesome, just make sure is all written and signed at the dotted line...
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post #138 of 170
WOW! That really sounds like a dream come true! Listen to Edna and get it in writing!

See good things DO happen to good people! thumbs_up.gif

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post #139 of 170
Sounds like a great opportunity! Is it in your home town or would you have to move?
A lot to take in and think about for your family! icon_smile.gif Heck, you'll be so famous, hubby can stay home with the kids! Good luck in your decision. You'll probably be too busy for us little people if you decide to go for it. icon_cry.gif
I am inspired by my Grandma who was the best baker I've known. My wish is to now inspire & create warm memories for my Grandchildren.
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I am inspired by my Grandma who was the best baker I've known. My wish is to now inspire & create warm memories for my Grandchildren.
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post #140 of 170
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

In all honesty, I know you don't seem to care for me but I do wish you the best of luck.




O..M...G... that had better be sarcasm. You got all serious there for a minute, so I can't tell... icon_confused.gif

The best part is that it's only 2 realllly short blocks from my house. I mean, if I threw a rock really hard, I'd probably hit the front door. But with my luck, I'd hit the front window! icon_rolleyes.gif But in good weather I'd just walk over there.
Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

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Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

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post #141 of 170
Wow...what a compliment to you, Melvira. Congratulations.
Pastryjen

Money talks...but chocolate rocks!
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Pastryjen

Money talks...but chocolate rocks!
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post #142 of 170
Just got back from vacation and was reading this thread. I have deduced the following:

1. Melvira, your cake turned out beautifully! It's gorgeous. Your work is fabulous and don't know why you were doubting yourself. KUDOS!

2. Not only are the most fabulous cake decorators on the planet on CC, but also the best group of ladies with the greatest sense of humor.

I really do love this place and all of you!

Best,
Karen
"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche." -- Marie Antoinette
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"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche." -- Marie Antoinette
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post #143 of 170
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Originally Posted by Melvira

So, seriously, what would you do if someone walked up to you and handed you the key to a pretty little building that had plenty of retail space, a modest but usable (already licensed) kitchen, and told you that you could do whatever you wanted in it and all you had to pay were the utilities you used?



If I thought that I were capable of running a successful business (and I have a good feeling that you are icon_wink.gif ), I'd say,

"Thank you, Fairy Godmother!!!!!!"

I can't wait to hear what happens -- it's not often that an opportunity like this falls in a person's lap -- take it and run!!!!!!!
post #144 of 170
OK, so it is walking distance from the house, so you will get your daily exercise in, as if working all day in a bake shop ain't enough. Close by for your babies. What about them, are they in daycare/school? Your son's surgery? Will you be able to take care of all of it. I know you are like a super hero, but will it be too much? We don't want to hear about you on the evening news! Listen to Edna, get it all in writing, every little detail. OK, now that that is out of the way, what are you going to call your shop? Will you have employees? Where do I send my application? Does the job come with daily or just weekly beat downs? What all would you do? Do you want to continue to serve food? The menu would be what, something similar to this party you did? Do they have many tea shop bakeries and the like around? OHHH so many questions.

Sarcasm? It is just one of the many services I offer! icon_lol.gif

Say thanks to your fairy godmother and see if she has family in my area!
yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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post #145 of 170
The best two pieces of advice I ever received are t
1. Trust your gut.
2. Add extra vanilla to the cake batter ( I got that one from CC).
post #146 of 170
You lucky, lucky girl! You'll regret it later if you don't at least try-- this kind of thing never happens! Awesome.
post #147 of 170
Now I started thinking about names... icon_lol.gif ....Is the shop going to be called The Mistress of cakes????
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post #148 of 170
like that Edna icon_biggrin.gif
yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. from the movie Kung Fu Panda
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post #149 of 170
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Originally Posted by jlynnw

like that Edna icon_biggrin.gif




lol...I can even see a logo..a cartoon sexy lady dress in a black catsuit holding a cake in her hand and a spatuka in the other.... icon_lol.gif
haha
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post #150 of 170
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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.
Melvira: Mistress of the dark... chocolate!

Well that's just great. Peanut butter in my crack.
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