Friday, August 19, 2011

Change of Plans!

So, this week we had some set backs.  The worst being that our bankcard number was stolen and used to purchase about $700 of computer equipment.  Luckily, we are covered and the money will be returned within the next week.  Thank goodness our account is monitored very closely or they may have wiped us out within a couple days!

Several good things happened over the last two weeks, too!  Our full sheet oven was delivered yesterday!  We are ready to fire it up.  It will be great to bake 100 cupcakes at a time, compared to 24 in my little oven at home.

While I was on vacation, the new floors were installed.  It made a dramatic difference!  No more blue and red tile, just beautiful wood floors and dark trim.

The first of our vinyl lettering has made it onto the wall.  Beth installed our tag line above the kitchen window.   It looks so good!  Thanks to Amy W. for helping us with our decorating.  I hope I am not driving her completely insane with all my emails, text messages and phone calls. 

Our refrigerated bakery case was delivered right before I left for vacation.  It is, quite possibly, my favorite piece of equipment so far.  This is kind of a mini bakery case, but it is plenty big enough for our cheesecakes and cream pies!  It is just adorable!  I'm sure I am the only person on the planet who finds a bakery case adorable, but I can't help myself.  It may also be the fact that it was the first piece of NEW equipment to be delivered.  We purchased a lot of used equipment that had to be scrubbed from top to bottom, inside and out.  When this arrived, we used a little Windex to clean off the fingerprints, but other than that, it was CLEAN!

The last few nights, I have been working on our menu boards.  Beth found four picture frames, two that are really large, and painted them up with a sort of silver antique-like finish.  She then cut some wood to fit each frame and painted them with chocolate colored chalkboard paint.  We could use them as chalkboards, but wanted to fancy them up a bit.  So, we are using vinyl lettering.  These are the two that are finished.  I still have two more to go!

And that ends the sneak peek pictures.  We still have counter installation on the schedule for this weekend and the first part of next week!  These are the last interior pictures I will be posting before our opening.  To see the finished product you will have to come visit us!

We have made the decision to delay our opening by one week. Working with the Health Department is not a quick process. Just today we received our letter stating that we have Department of Health approval. This does not mean we can open. We now have to schedule two inspections and pray that they don't require us to make any major changes. At this point, we are relatively confident that this will not be a problem. Our first inspection will be on Monday.  Wish us luck!

So, Labor Day weekend, we will have special hours for our Grand Opening Celebration! We will provide free coffee and tea, along with samples of of some of our fresh baked desserts. Additionally, we will have a variety of our daily dessert and drink items for purchase.  We will resume our regular hours the following Tuesday.  Here is the information for our opening.

Grand Opening Weekend!

Friday, Sept. 2 from 4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9 am – 3 pm
Sunday, Sept. 4 from 10 am - 2 pm

We hope that you, your friends
and your family will
join us to celebrate
the opening of our bakery!

We are located in the
Dierberg’s Shopping Plaza at
5688 Telegraph Road
St. Louis, MO 63129

Several of you have asked for a flyer containing our opening information.  I am attempting to post a link to a printable Grand Opening flyer.  If I am successful, it will be located to the right of this post with the title Grand Opening.  We will also be sending the flyer via email and posting the information on facebook.
And because it wouldn't be a blog post without a cake picture, here are a few!  Before I left for vacation, I did this Baby Einstein cake for a first birthday.

And this Winnie the Pooh cupcake tower for a first birthday.

And, last but not least, Africa cookies!   This is a hand-shaped cookie cutter that started out as an oval.  I've never had a request for a cookie shaped like a continent, but it can be done! 

Hope to see everyone at our Grand Opening!