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The shop that never was....

post #1 of 44
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July 1, 2009 was one of the happiest days of my life. I picked up the keys to what would have been my dream shop. Since then, we have worked night and day, blood (really cut myself with a utility knife, got 4 stiches) sweat and tears (cried toooo many this week) and anything else you can think of.

Well then we get to January, 2010 and things are still where they were in July, paper still on the windows, doors still locked all day.

I was opening in the city I grew up in, which is something I went against my gut feeling. My parents live there and I was opening the shop with the help of my parents so I was trying to meet them half way. I live half hour away so for them it was going to be hard to travel my way everyday. Plus city money is usually better anyway.

There is so much "Red Tape" in this city that all I have been doing these months is trying to cut through it.

So with all that said after ALL the money that we invested, my dad and I and my husband we can't open the shop. The plumber was the last person that needed to come and get work done, but with sooooooo much time that has passed we have run out of money so he can come in and work. So we spent all our money on getting ALL these permits that kept poping up and in the meantime paying bills, rent and so on that the money that was there for this work to get done is all gone now.

I am so heart broken. All I keep thinking is how my dream just slipped from my hands. Now I am left with a broken heart and empty poket and nothing to show for it. I have learned a few leason from this whole experience but I am still broken hearted.

That is all ladies and Gents. I had no point to this just wanted to vent and cry. Thaks for listening.

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post #2 of 44
I'm sorry you're having such a rough time. Since you're almost done, have you looked into small business grants or loans? Or maybe bartering the work, if you could afford the fixtures? Maybe there's a plumber in the area whose daughter is having a sweet 16 or getting married and needs a cake, and you could do a trade?

Don't give up when you're so close to your dream!
post #3 of 44
We're here for you and listening. Vent away.
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just wanted to add some more pics of the shop.


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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

I'm sorry you're having such a rough time. Since you're almost done, have you looked into small business grants or loans? Or maybe bartering the work, if you could afford the fixtures? Maybe there's a plumber in the area whose daughter is having a sweet 16 or getting married and needs a cake, and you could do a trade?

Don't give up when you're so close to your dream!



I have tried all the grants and loans and nothing. They all take so long to even have them look at them that I can't keep up with the rent and bills at this point.

I have a plumber that is willing to take a down payment but LIke I have mentioned the money just isn't there any more.

We have had to pay for soooo many permits/fees that no one could have thought of....we had plenty of cash when we started but this is nuts.


Thanks for "listening" ladies.

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post #6 of 44
Would you consider an investor? Perhaps another family member? Or there are networks of "Angel Investors"... someone who will help you finance, and you pay them back. If you are so close to opening, I don't know why you'd have a hard time finding someone willing to help - especially since you've invested so much of your own money already. Or perhaps you can get a loan (lien) on your equipment that you can repay?

Just throwing some ideas out there...

Sorry you're experiencing this, I can't imagine how much stress you must be under. I hope it all works out for the best.
post #7 of 44
Oh man, I am soooo sorry. I just can't wait to open my own bakery (I work for a bakery right now) but reading what you posted kind of scares me. I want to open a bakery in a bigger city (our town is pretty small) but I know it will be harder and take more time...I know the permit people have more on their plates than a little ol' bakery opening up. I love the look you were going for...very inviting. {Hug}
post #8 of 44
I could not imagine stopping at this point. What is the likelihood that the landlord would work with you on a months rent or two to pay the plumber? You have put so much into his building and he would have to let it sit until it rented again. I think you should at least talk to him and see what he can do in order to help you get open. This way if he gave you two months free for now, once you get open maybe you could afford to pay him extra for a few months to repay those months. This way if nothing else you could do the down payment for the plumber.
post #9 of 44
I was thinking the exact same thing. Talk to the landlord. Something sooner as opposed to nothing for several months may make the landlord understanding.
post #10 of 44
You can't give up now. I am sure it feels hopeless, but like my dad always says:"Nothing worthwile comes easy". The blood, the tears, it has got to lead up to a VICTORY! Do your venting & crying and get it all out, then take a deep breath and figure this out. You CAN do this!
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post #11 of 44
Oh hell no, you can't get this far and quit. There has to be something. Like someone else said, an investor, a sugar daddy (ok maybe not that, nevermind), making an arrangement with the landlord...something!!!! Please, don't quit!
post #12 of 44
I was going to suggest (like WykdGud and others) to seek out an investor if all other attempts to secure funding has not come through for you. You CANNOT get this close and not open shop. You just can't. There has GOT to be a way to get that plumbing work done and inspected. Will he let you make payments? (I am a business partner and we occasionally make exceptions to our strict payment terms to help someone with limited options/funds.) Your shop is just lovely, by the way! We won't let you give up, because we believe in you and your dream! icon_smile.gif
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post #13 of 44
i'm so sorry you are so close and feel so lost.

Definitely look into other options.... talk to a big business and see if they can finance you in exchange for cakes for corporate events for a certain numbr of years!!!!

Also, and I know that this is asking a lot, but would you mind sharing a few of the things that you've learned or would have done differently for those who find this thread and what to know what pitfalls to avoid.
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post #14 of 44
Oh my! The pictures are beautiful. Dont give up! You've come this far! There has to be a solution to this!
post #15 of 44
I would try Bartering with anyone and everyone to get this finished, Check into small business loans for woman and minorities. They tend to be more open to lending money for businesses. Investors is still another good option. And lastly write to one of those television shows that goes in and finishes up projects to get you on track.
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