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post #16 of 38
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Originally Posted by AnnieCahill View Post

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.

I would play!

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post #17 of 38
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Originally Posted by Sparklekat6 View Post

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

 

LOVE!!!!

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post #18 of 38
Wow, this is so awesome, we gils always have awesome ideas. I had a dream in mind a few years ago and made it a reality. I took an old nasty garage and made it into a cake studio. My studio is open by appointment only and I grow organic peaches, apples and rasberry's in the back of it in order to use in my buttercreams. The shop has a focus on sugar flowes and I hope to teach students from a local college in order to get some free help, I wish it looked like a Laduree store, but for the time being is just a nice and super clean area, but I do love the supersize mable island. I feel like a child in Narnia when I work there, my husband often calls me wondering if I am coming home at some point. We just finish the place not to long ago and will love some feedback from you ladies, if you have time please check out my facebook page under Sweet Tales Cake Boutique there is pictures of the construction, maybe someday I can make it look like a Laduree store.
post #19 of 38
Just peeked at sweet tales cake boutique and it is such a cool space, your cakes are top notch really beautiful!!
post #20 of 38

I just moved into my dream storefront 2 monts ago icon_biggrin.gif

I had a smaller shop down the street and then my new place became available.

It is right in the middle of a high traffic pedestrian zoe, in the heart of town. I actually rent a whole house but of course it is sandwiched between others.

It was built in 1870 and has veeeery high ceilings and lots of exposed beams. Historical front with fluted columns. 2 floors offer 32 seats plus the shop area directly in front of the 14 foot tall windows all across the front. I sourced lots of old furniture (some of it heirlooms from my gram's house) and painted them all white and turqouise as these are my logo colours and I have lots of comfy sofas.

There is also a prep and storage area. I have a separate production facility which is an outbuilding on the grounds of our house outside of the city.

The move was alot of hard work as the house was a clothes-shop before and had to be brought up to code but I have not regreted a single moment :-)

 

Of course there are things which could be optimized but I am happy with my Café as it is!

 

Good luck to all who want to make their dreams reality!!
 

post #21 of 38

i would love a combination of the inside of A Wish and a Whisk in an awesome historical building. I love how she has the inside planned out with an open work studio with natural light (skylights).  i wouldn't want a daily bakery component, just custom cakes made in an amazing studio! 

 

(photos of the buildout are on their facebook page)

post #22 of 38
Wow, a wish and a whisk is just so stunning!!
post #23 of 38

A Wish and A Whisk is amazing!!! My dream storefront would combine that space with a retail space. Basically take Georgetown Cupcakes and combine it with a cake studio. I actually looked at a space that was large enough to do that but it was too big of a jump from my current space of 500 square feet with no retail space. So for the mean time, we are opening the wall between our kitchen and the space next door so we can have a small retail space for cupcakes and cookies, but still have space for custom cake decorating, an office and tasting space. It's in environmental heath's hands right now so we'll see what they say. Then we have to get the city to approve it. But back to my dream space... it would have a section for cookie decorating, sugar flower work, room for a large fondant sheeter, and plenty of room for mixing. Hopefully I can get close to that within a few years when our lease ends on our current spaces. I love this thread!! 

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post #24 of 38
Your cakes are so beautiful sugar lab!

I love georgetowns design and space, although I like sprinkles and craves also. Georgetown's just looks comfy and streamlined. I should add I am from the uk and have no interest in baking as a business, I just love looking at pictures and tasting them!! icon_smile.gif
post #25 of 38
Years ago, I was the decorator behind the Plexiglass window. I was sort of quiet and shy, but it's less intimidating if you tell yourself that they don't know you and they don't know if you're quiet or shy, so you can pretend to be whatever/whomever you want. Most likely, they don't know how to do what you are doing, so it's your opportunity to showcase your skills. People love to watch, learn, and possibly dream about being able to do what you can do. I'd take advantage of their interest/curiosity and definitely have a window for their entertainment!
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Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
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post #26 of 38
I have a commercial kitchen at home, and I want to keep it, (and it is paid for, so I don't see why not) but I would love a retail space with some gorgeous dummies to advertise my cakes, and sell coffee and cupcakes out of. I would have a few generic type cakes in a case and some ready made flowers and plaques ready for those people who seem to forget when their kids birthday is. I would also have an area for consultations and I would sell cake supplies as well.
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post #27 of 38
I work from an approved home-based kitchen. And I have a whole decorating workshop as well. And this suits our family at present as I get to be around the home more for the kids etc. I chose this rather than a storefront years ago, for health and lifestyle reasons (I have a chronic auto-immune illness).

BUT...I still have a very big part of me inside that would LOVE a storefront! I have built a cafe from the ground up before and loved that whole process. I'd now want to build a custom cakery from a gorgeous shop front with a full gleaming SS kitchen, a training area for teaching and a consultation area. I adore French patisseries and styling, so I'd definitely outfit my front end of shop with elements of chic French design. Polished dark timber, and glass at the front with my seasonal decorated cake dummies in the window. I don't know if its the same everywhere, but window dressing and window shopping were once fun activities here, and I'd be creating gorge displays all year round! I'd also have an onsite espresso machine. For my caffeine addiction, and consultations/classes icon_wink.gif And maybe a small dark room at the very back for taking a nap. My city has loads of available slightly run-down historic buildings. One of those would be awesome to do up.

Recently a large green grocers closed down in my local shopping strip. The site was converted to two smaller shops, one of which now is an organic-focus cafe. Next door sits vacant, mocking me. Sadly, this is a dream I will probably never realise...but I do so enjoy imagining what I'd be doing with that space!

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post #28 of 38
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Wow there's some REALLY fancy bakeries " café " that got posted in here ! Scary. I'd be afraid to even step in there. And for a wish and a whisk, it's cute but French doors in the kitchen ? Only in California!  We get snow here, you would freeze all day long in winter near those and it would be hell to try to get any kind of climate control.

 

I noticed a lot of you are interested in having seating and coffee. I personally rather have people get in get out.

post #29 of 38
I agree with the 'get in/get out' idea. I'm not a waitress, and hate cleaning up after people. But, if someone can sit for a few minutes to enjoy their $5 cup of coffee (that cost me $1 to make), they might see something else to buy from the case or retail shelves.
Coffee is a huge profit center for a business. I personally hate coffee. It's gross. But I understand it's draw and money making abilities for my business.
post #30 of 38

I once worked at a tiny cupcake shop that didn't have any tables. Customers complained endlessly. They've just driven 30 minutes with their kids to get a cupcake and now they have no place to sit eat it (and unhappy kids). But from the businesses perspective adding just one table meant they'd have to offer both men's and women's public bathrooms. Which they didn't have room for and worse since there weren't other stores with public bathrooms it would have drawn non-shoppers to their bathrooms creating mess and no profits.

 

I still haven't decided if I'd want to have tables in my dream shop.... maybe if my dream employees wouldn't complain about cleaning those bathrooms..........

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