I have an announcement to make...
I've been picking out names...
Fretting about finances...
Thinking about the decor...
I'm expecting an actual home for my business (NOT A BABY)! If all goes as planned I'll finally have a licensed kitchen in a little over a year!
I'm dying to share all the details with you but I've decided not to say too much until everything is finalized. I don't want to jinx anything.
So I have a place. I have a better idea what my monthly expenses will be and I have a year to work on my business plan, maybe look for a small business loan, and get my ducks in a row.
On my "to do" list - Pick out a name and design a logo.
I worked on some ideas over the weekend (shown above). What do you think? The one on the left was inspired by vintage Schilling sprinkles. It's my favorite.
Should I stick with "Sugar and Meringue"?
How about "The Cookie Jar"?
My great-grandparent's last name was Cook. They bought a cabin in the mountains in California (in the 50s I think) and named the cabin "The Cookie Jar". The cabin is still in the family and is a sentimental vacation destination for us. I like the idea of naming my business after something that has a story attached.
We spent the last weekend in Chicago. I made it to 4 bakeries: More, Sugar Bliss, Alliance Bakery & The Bleeding Heart Bakery. I went with extremely high expectations. All the bakeries were very nice and the cupcakes/cookies/macarons that we had were all good. They just didn't give me that surge of creative inspiration or that warm fuzzy feeling of hospitality that I was hoping for. Guess my hopes were just too high.
I did, however, get some of the creative inspiration I was looking for from some of the little boutiques in Wicker Park. The Renegade Craft Shop was my favorite. I guess it had the "soul" I was looking for.
And the Art Institute - gave me chills, made me want to cry, left me completely overwhelmed.....WOW! I mean WOW! - I know - I sound overly dramatic and pretentious - but really WOW!
Overall, I really liked Chicago. Hope to make it back there again someday.