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post #16 of 28
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My dreams are filled nightly with all the twists and turns that may come my way....

I know how hard this is going to be
how many hours it is going to take away from my family
The possibility of immense struggle
The possibility of success (yet we learn from failure)

I have the support of my family and community.

I appreciate everyone's input and look forward to more of it.


Thank you
Gavi
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post #17 of 28
Been there, done that.

It'll be an immense success! you'll see.
post #18 of 28
Oh Gavi, what a breath of fresh air! I am so happy for you and I hope you make millions!
post #19 of 28
Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like a very exciting new chapter in your life. Because you said you are working I'm wondering who will be running your shop during the times you work? Just curious because I hope to be in the same position in a year.
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post #20 of 28
Hello There,

I believe we met at the courthouse when I processed your FBN. This is Deborah from Cakes Unleashed!! Congrats on the new business. I, too, had to jump through all the hoops and it truly is rewarding once all that paperwork stuff is done. Sooooo, hang in there, Girly.

I noted that you stated in your forum post that our area doesn't have a "real" bakery and that's true. Perhaps we should open one!?!?! I have been doing this for three or so years now, starting out as gifts for friends and family and I just recently kicked it up a notch.

I lease two kitchens (paying as I go - per hour), and had to get the Serv Safe, etc. One of the kitchens had to have a new stove-top vent put in and I even stated that I wouldn't be using that and they still insisted it had to be in. But, after the owner agreed - it passed the inspection. That's the hard part.

Where are you getting yours Serv Safe cert, does it still have to be done in Sacramento? If there is closer place I'd like to know because I have someone that I want to start doing my baking for me and need to get them certified, as well.

Well, it looks like you've got matters in order. Good luck to you. I am anxious to have someone to refer business to when I get swamped and hope that you will do the same.

Best wishes,
post #21 of 28
what kind of mixer do you have?...just having a lil kitchenaid will REALLY slow you down....for me that's the most important piece of equipment.....and a good freezer.

i'm guessing you already got a nice oven.

good luck!...if you weren't a bit nervous, i'd be concerned about you.
post #22 of 28
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I have a signed contract and have keys
I start cleaning on Sunday
Insurance is being quoted through four companies

Deb,

I'll take my servsafe here in Quincy at Environmental Health.
Having a storefront bakery is my dream, and I do hope it can happen. Let's do lunch one day and chat a bit.


Mixer I have two kitchen aids, I have my eye on a 20 quart yet I cannot spend the 1,500.00.

It's time to get fliers, and some advertising done. I'm also baking samples to deliver to the locals. I hope to have them delivered by Feb 1st in hopes of Valentines orders.


I get to fill out insurance forms tomorrow, yipppeeee.
Well, I'm off to hopefully sleep tonight, I'll have a drink and take a melatonin.

Gavi
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post #23 of 28
Gavi,

start searching for restaurant auctions. you'll find killer deals on stuff that you will need if you decide to go the storefront route. I rented a storage unit for a year and a half before opening so that I could scour the auctions for deals. I managed to get all of my big kitchen stuff (20qt mixer, 3 double door commercial refrigerators,3 bay sink and double stack oven) for $1400.
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post #24 of 28
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Gavi,

start searching for restaurant auctions. you'll find killer deals on stuff that you will need if you decide to go the storefront route. I rented a storage unit for a year and a half before opening so that I could scour the auctions for deals. I managed to get all of my big kitchen stuff (20qt mixer, 3 double door commercial refrigerators,3 bay sink and double stack oven) for $1400.



i was going to suggest the same thing, a few months back i saw a 20 quart on craigslist for 500.00

i'd get a big food grade bucket....and make a bunch of icing ahead of time, or you'll be spending all day saturday just making little batches of icing....it'll drive you to madness.

rubbermaid makes one that will fit more that 30 qts of icing....on saturday i have to make at least 2 batches in my 30 qt...so you could imagine what that will be like.
post #25 of 28
This is slightly off topic, but I'm curious (if you don't mind sharing) how much you are paying for the rent? I am looking (in TX) for a rental space and am just curious what other folks out there are paying. I know it won't translate directly but I am curious. thanks!
post #26 of 28
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IT'S OFFICIAL, I PASSED MY INSPECTION AND I'M OPEN FOR BUSINESS>



WHHOOOHHHOOO!
The orders are beginning to arrive!

Thank you Cake Central!
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post #27 of 28
mazel tov!
post #28 of 28
Congratulations! Acutally, this thread was very helpful. I am in a similar position. Just found a space and looking to move forward. Like you, I still plan to work my full-time gig. Baby steps for now!! icon_biggrin.gif

Best wishes!
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