Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Well we are now in the process of securing a retail store. I am submitting our financials today and I must say that I am very nervous. I want our little cupcake shoppe to truly succeed and thrive, so the setting-up process makes me a tad bit anxious. It is wild to think that we just decided to "see what happens" with BabyCakes Cupcakes at the end of May and we are looking into a permanent location in August. I have had some people say, "I would love to do something like this, but I don't have financial backing or I am a little scared to go thru with it". So, in the spirit of those comments, I want to give you guys a little of our background. I had been sick for the majority of my life. From the age of 10 until 31, I had debilitating endometriosis; to all of you beautiful women out there suffering with this disease, my heart, soul, spirit goes out to all of you. I know how hard this road is. So... I always said that when I get healthy, I would do something that I love each and every day. After countless surgeries and at the age of 30, I had reached a point with the disease that I could no longer function under any circumstance or even eat for that matter. I underwent a hysterectomy at 31 and honestly, it was the happiest day of my life. So in May, it was a little over a year since the life-saving surgery and my husband and myself were sitting at our kitchen table. I decided at that moment that it was time to fulfill my dream and BabyCakes Cupcakes was born. So, to everyone out there wanting to do something wonderful; know that we have no financial backing, it is just the two of us trying to make this work one day at a time. Live your dreams people, whatever they may be!!! If that means opening your own cupcake bakery, then I say rock on. We can exchange recipes! We are waiting with nervous anticipation for our dreams to be realized, so if you have some extra time, shoot some good vibes our way. We love you all and thank you for taking this ride with us!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
One of our number one fans and loving friend is Ms. Sarah Pratt. Sarah works at Season's Salon and Spa and she is a phenomenal stylist. Her deft hands and amazing imagination sculpt my husband and myself into what you see today. She shouted our praises from the roof-tops before we even had praise to shout about. Please visit Sarah; I promise that you won't be disappointed and you will have the opportunity to meet one of the most loving people in Lexington.
The amazingly gifted Tyler Adkins designed our beautiful logo for BabyCakes Cupcakes. I absolutely love our logo; I think she is so hot! Tyler does amazing images with digital graphics and he creates beautiful sketches by hand based on photos; they are truly unbelievable. Please check Tyler out at http://www.thadesigns.blogspot.com/.
If you haven't checked out the Melting Pot on Tiverton Way then run there now. All you need to know is beautiful, hot pots of chocolate that you are free to dip amazing fruits and deserts in without anyone yelling at you to stop playing with your food. Ms. Lori Hagan ordered some cupcakes from us for her staff. So not only will you be able to play in glorious chocolate, but you will also be dining at an establishment that loves their employees!
Ms. Melanie Mauer sent us a lovely email right after the article in the Hamburg Journal was published. She is a photographer and her website pictures are absolutely gorgeous; you can find her at http://www.melaniemauer.com. The amazing thing about Melanie is that we have never met and she took time out of her day to send us the sweetest email, welcoming us to the wonderful group of "small business owners". Anyone that would be as thoughtful as Melanie deserves to have tons of business, so please check her out.
I currently work two jobs until our retail business is up and running (soon!!!), so I need to send my undying love to CRM Companies. They have supported me unconditionally and are truly one of the best companies in Lexington. They own the Raising Cane's restaurants, the Gratz Park Inn and manage multiple properties in many states. If you are in need of property management, please look them up. Visit Raising Cane's, stay at the beautiful Gratz Park Inn and send them all my love when you get there.
Last plug of the week, we recently visited Del Ray Beach Florida and when I travel I have the tendency to talk to everyone and learn their life stories. My husband was there on business (I was there for tanning), he works for ZLB Plasma, so go donate, save some lives and say hi to Keith on Winchester Road! We stopped in a cigar shop and met a lovely man by the name of Billy. The cigars are North Carolina Cigar Company and they are family owned and operated. We fell in love with Billy, so I wanted to pass along a great cigar made by some great people.
So that is it for this week. Go visit all of these wonderful people and their websites; I promise that you won't be disappointed. Love each other and treasure your random acquaintances.
Peace & Love!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I have decided to create a blog for BabyCakes Cupcakes. We L-O-V-E our customers and we want to share our growth and day-to-day operations with you guys. Also, we really want to hear your feedback, comments, suggestions, rants...basically anything that you would like to share to help us grow.
I have titled our blog 'Love Story' because that is how I feel about our little company. BabyCakes Cupcakes has brought me and my husband so much joy; mainly due to the amazing people that we have met so far. This is my Love Story and I am so amped to share it with everyone. Please leave your comments freely; I am a big girl and we can handle it. I believe you can't grow without criticism.
We are currently in the process of signing papers to open our first retail bake shoppe. I cannot describe how excited we are and I will keep everyone updated on the progress along with the open date. We are also working on shipping methods for our cupcakes and doggie treats; that is a little more difficult since we are such cupcake freaks. We want to maintain the quality and still share our 'happy' with the world. I feel like one of us should have majored in engineering for this shipping experiment, but we will figure it out.
We can't wait to hear from everyone!!! Peace & Love!!!!!!!!