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Your ultimate storefront.

post #1 of 38
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I've been trying to figure out what I would want, if money was no issue and I then I wondered... What's your ultimate storefront ?

 

 

Location: Inside a mall / standalone building / street corner / foot traffic only street / warehouse ?

 

Kitchen: With windows that look at the front of the house so clients can see what's cooking / windows to the outside so bystanders can look in and marvel at your skills / no windows, because my techniques and recipes are top secret !  ?

 

Would you let people in, have a huge line on the sidewalk waiting to be served cake boss style or have appointments and pickups only, charm city cakes style ?

 

You would sell: Only wedding cakes / any specialty cakes / cakes and pastries / cakes, pastries, cookies and chocolate / cakes, pastries, cookies, chocolate, merchandise with our logo and even bakeware ! ?

 

 

 

So what's your ultimate storefront ?

post #2 of 38
If I wasn't concerned with safety/security, I'd like to have my own cake studio, just a little standalone building where I would make wedding cakes and high end celebration cakes, appointment only. But I could never work alone like that, I'm too paranoid!

A more realistic option would be to have a strip mall store, to afford the rent I'd have to be doing the volume to require staff so I wouldn't be alone! I'd have walk in traffic selling small cakes and pastries, and some pre-decorated celebration cakes, and a small seating area. I'd take consultations in the office area of the store, which would also have a small seating area.
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post #3 of 38
I want to comment when I have time! This will be a fun thread!!
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post #4 of 38
Oh man. Good question. My dream bakery...
I have a lot of small goals to reach my ultimate goal of a full service bakery. No windows for people to watch me - I've worked in a place like that, and honestly, it sucked for me to be stared at while I was trying to concentrate. Cakes, pastries - savory & sweet, cookies, tarts/pies, whatever I can produce really. Profit centers like coffee & retail. It has crossed my mind to sell cake supplies because my town has nothing available like that.
I could go on all day. From every small goal that helps me climb my ladder to success, I have detailed ideas for everything....
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post #5 of 38
Thread Starter 

I'm bumping myself, because I can't believe no one else on CC then the 3 who replied have an idea of where they would like to work if they could make it happen by snapping their fingers.

 

And because I forgot to write my own icon_biggrin.gif

 

 

 

Standalone building on a street corner, high traffic area.

 

HUGE windows what look in the front, none that look in the back.

 

Specialty cakes and pastries, I wouldn't say no to weddings but they aren't my focus. Already doing menus and  recipes development.

post #6 of 38
One word: Laduree

post #7 of 38

Google 'Cafe Gerbeaud', and that's it. Old fashioned, over the top, luxury. It was like walking into a

 

I've always believed that really good food is the best therapy. It's like going to a spa, great service, great atmosphere, relaxed but not casual or frumpy, little bits of perfect on a plate with a cup of espresso.

 

I wouldn't even touch tiered cakes anymore, as much as I like them, I love plating and finicky little pastries and desserts.

post #8 of 38

Love this thread :) I dream about my imaginary storefront all the time...

 

There's an upscale shopping center near me and I'd love to open a cake studio there. Appointment only, custom cakes & cupcakes (no display case). I would love to have 1 or 2 round tables fully decked out (china, glassware, etc) for when people come for tastings. Coffee/tea service provided. All baking/decorating done in the back - maybe a few dummies on ornate stands around the shop for inspiration. Very plush, comfortable atmosphere - I like the poster who made the spa analogy. I want it to be an experience, not an errand :)

post #9 of 38

I live in a little up and coming neighborhood that has a great man street that is always filled with people walking up and down, plus it has great store fronts with awesome windows and architecture. There is one particular front that has this wonderful curved glass front with a fantastic carved old wooden door, and the inside is all pressed tin and beadboard. I would paint the bead board white, the top of the wall a kind of soft blue-green and leave the punched tin bright silver. I would find some antique or reproduction sideboards to store stuff/ display. Golden hardwood floors.

 

So that shop, combined with and old bakery/soda shop feel-lots of chrome and glass (a cleaning nightmare, but still!). Lots of pretty carnival and milk glass cake stands with clear covers. My staff would wear funny baking related t-shirts in all kinds of colors. (something like "I AM the muffin man!", "You deserve a cookie!" and "A muffin is a cupcake eaten before 9am"

 

I would sell everything from cookies, to cakes, cupcakes, pies, tarts, whole or by the slice. With a great coffee/ espresso machine and really good tea and a few little tables.

 

I would have 1/2 sized windows so that the folks could see part of what I was doing, or maybe a finishing table for the fancy stuff, but mostly everything would be in back. Like in Disney World- everything is behind the scenes-you just get the magic!

 

Sadly, there is already a fancy cake and a cupcake boutique on that street, so I will have to go the next little main street over. The store fronts are not as cute (but could be!!!!) but the rent is half and there is no competetion. Plus, it has more families that would be more likely to get larger orders, than just relying on foot traffic, which is an issue for the fancy cake lady on my main street. (her shop is tiny and she doesn't really have room for anything else-nobody really knows she is there)

 

I am planning on opening a shop next spring, so I have thought about this ALOT
 

post #10 of 38

Laduree shops are beautiful. 

 

This is fun.  Heath and Jackie, can you make a "Sims" game built into the website, where we can design our own shops?  Am I 10?  Yes, yes I am.

post #11 of 38
I had my dream location.,.then I had kids and had to let it go. It was a converted bed and breakfast that sat 22, a registered historical landmark. Circa 1910. French doors opening up to the kitchen. A great wrap around porch for people to sit. The kitchen wasn't large, but it was homey with great equipment. The location was a antique hot spot. Surrounded by 20 or so shops.

Sigh:/

Not all is lost. My father-in-law moved upstairs, so it's still in our possession. It just can't be used as a store-front when someone is living there.

This is going to be a great thread!
post #12 of 38

It's not too late to trade the kids in for the shop.  I'm just sayin...

post #13 of 38

My dream store front is all about price and location. I dream of a great location with lots of foot traffic and a drive thru window in a premium location for $500. a month. I don't day dream about it's looks, I figure I can make anything work if the price is right.

post #14 of 38
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Originally Posted by ericapraga View Post

 

So that shop, combined with and old bakery/soda shop feel-lots of chrome and glass (a cleaning nightmare, but still!). Lots of pretty carnival and milk glass cake stands with clear covers. My staff would wear funny baking related t-shirts in all kinds of colors. (something like "I AM the muffin man!", "You deserve a cookie!" and "A muffin is a cupcake eaten before 9am"

 

 

 

  Haha and one that says:  I made you a cookie, but I eated it! ;)

 

post #15 of 38

OK, entering the world of complete fantasy now, but I'd love to own/run a cake and coffee shop. 

 

My ideal location would be near the Children's Hospital in town, and it would be a chill place with great cakes.  Lots of sofas and magazines, but also tables and chairs to eat at.  I'd have a children's corner for siblings or patients out on day pass, with toys and colouring and room for wheel-chairs.  I'd have murals on the walls and lots of little lights all over the ceiling.

 

The baking would be tasty, but not overly fancy (with some special things mixed in, just in case!).  I would offer a discount to families with children in the hospital, and a free cookie to take back for them, if wanted.

 

My kitchen would be in the back, and big enough that once I'd done all the baking for the day, then I could work on speciality cakes too.

 

Not much chance of it ever happening, but I'd love it if it did.
 

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