Crazy Lady Attempts to Open a GF Bakery and Cafe

 

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 2:46 PM

For those of you wondering why I haven’t blogged in an insane amount of time, well, there’s really no good excuse I have to offer except that this crazy-ass lady has been pouring all of her time and resources into attempting to open a gluten-free bakery and cafe here in the East Bay (in the San Francisco Bay Area, that is). And I’m still trying to do it.

It all started when a friend and customer of mine mentioned to me that a certain cupcakery had gone out of business. This, by the way, was a location I’d had my eye on for quite some time. (I knew they were going to go out of business, I just didn’t know when.) It turned out to be a couple of years earlier than I was ready for. After immediately chalking it up to bad timing and giving up on the idea (in that particular location), I found myself, the following week, standing with my face pressed against the glass, peering in and imagining myself behind the counter. Not able to get the stupid thing out of my head, I made an appointment with the broker and found myself standing inside of it wondering if I could figure out how to afford this and make it work. Three contractors, two SCORE counselors, one marketing person, two of my brothers-in-law to get advise from, a fully-prepared business plan, five years of projected financials and a meeting with the senior VP of a bank later, I’m still in the throes of negotiating the lease with the landlord and figuring out how I can make it work with the slightly-smaller-than-expected-loan offer from the bank. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good offer; it just won’t be smooth sailing from the get-go. I’m going to have to economize.

Aside from that, and aside from the brand new issue of finding out that there will probably be certain items on my menu that I won’t be able to sell because some other restaurant within the same complex has some exclusive rights to be the only one selling that particular item (even though I would be the only gluten-free establishment around), …..breathe……aside from that (and it’s pizza that I can’t sell, by the way….and possibly pancakes, sandwiches and donuts), breathe again……other than that little issue, I’m excited! I would be more excited if this little issue hadn’t come up, but still, I’m excited. And terrified. And happy. And a little nervous because if I do this, this will be the very first time my kids have attended daycare of any kind.

Whoo! There you go. If you were wondering where I’ve been. That’s where. I don’t know what the outcome of all of this will be, but rest assured, at some point, there will be an outcome. I will share more as I know more. Thank you to all who put up with my inconsistencies in the blogging world.

 

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