So some of you may know based on my previous posts that I own a semi full service bakery (cakes cupcakes are special order but i have pastries, cookies, sweet rolls etc out daily)...anyhooo, for a while nowi have been wanting to switch format and become a custom cake bakery only.appointment only. i live in a small town and although the townsfolk love my pastries, the walk in traffic just isn't high enough to justify all the work and $ that goes into buying all the ingredients and long hours involved in making the pastries every day. the sales from walk in customers are just enough to cover my bills..and i mean JUST enough. id feel bad closing to public traffic but i really want to be abe focus on weddings and special order cakes and cupcakes only. that is my true passion. so, my question is, how many of you own custom cake bakerys only and do you have enough business from that to stay open? i have two larger cities on either side of me that i advertise to.
just need to know if custom cake bakerys really work. do you rely on internet and phone orders only, or do you stay at your bakery during the day in case you have a customer walk in to order or to discuss their wants/needs?
thank in advance! i really need the advice!