Thank you Shophymalik, is been a dream of mine to finish the place and we just got it signed off by the inspector last week. Thanks for the comment on the flowers, I bough this awesome orchid book that has great pics and it comes handy when painting the flowers. I will post some pics of the final kitchen soon.
If you dont mind and in my very In humble opinion ... how do we girls define sucess? is it by the money in the bank? by the ability to pick up your child from school and be home for them when they need us, by doing what we love to do everyday even if it means working 60 plus hrs? -I dont have children and where I do have some money in the bank I dont define my sucess with that cash, I find sucess when a customer picks up their cake and they start crying, when a baker buys my sugar flowers and has a smile from ear to ear. I chose to convert a garage into a kitchen instead of a storefront for a number of reasons, but if all comes back to how I define sucess. Do keep a couple of things in mind ...
1. Overhead, I made an initial investment and had savings from selling my sugar flowers to local bakeries, I dont have to pay rent. My place is small, but large enough to be run as a Commercial kitchen, when I did a ROI "return on investment" the number looked awesome not having to pay rent helps my bottom line..
2. Our society and potential customers are changing, I can tell you that 80% of my shoping is done on line, just because you run something out of a basement or a garage does not mean you will be less sucessfull than a store front cake shop, it does mean you got to do your homework, you have to be or learn to be a good sales person. Bring your flowers, bring your best dessert, cake the best local restaurant I will like to share something that I did with you ... I made these awesome cream puffs and brough them to a restaurant down the st from my shop, I talked to a waiter about it and asked them if they will try it and let me know their thoughs as we just make a change to the recepe. I gave them 12 for free, they were package nicely,they order 150 for christmas eve, now, the sucess here is not the 150 puffs that I sold, but the fact that now the restaurant staff talks about my puffs and how awesome they are to their customer and friends, they have become my salespeople and dont even know it, make friends with people in town and I could keep on talking and talking about sales, because I just love the topic , but I dont want to bore you LOL!
Have a good night