I recently started up a small, home-run cake business...it's slow building the customers but I'm enjoying it. A few weeks ago, I was at a family wedding and got talking with the lady who made the cake for the wedding, a friend of the couple who runs a bakery. She seemed nice enough to begin with but then got really quite abrupt and nasty in many ways. We are not at all competitors (we are based about 500 miles apart!) but still, as soon as we started looking at pictures on each others' phones, the mood totally changed. I asked if she was going to be going to a national cake fair and entering any of the competitions as a way of making conversation and she seemed to get really really defensive and abrupt.
It's the first time I have actually spoken to anyone else in the 'industry' since starting up the business. Did I do something wrong? Or is this fairly typical behaviour? Have to say, it kind of upset me and I can't stop thinking about it - I always try to be nice to everyone, baker or not (as far as I am concerned, there is plenty of business for all!) but feel like I may have to up my guard in the future...
Many thanks in advance x