After years of planning, wishing and hoping... going to business school at night... taking any and every cake class I could get to... making hundreds of cakes and learning something from every single one... hitting restaurant auctions to get equipment on the world's tightest budget... I have a bakery.
The grand opening was this weekend, and it was simply grand.
We had the Opelika Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Friday morning. I was expecting two, maybe three people to come. But there were a LOT of Chamber friends there.
It was a little overwhelming. Lots of people, giant scissors, and it never occurred to me that I would be expected to say something to everyone. Why that never occurred to me, I can't imagine. But there we were. So I stumbled out a little speech and made sure to thank my family for their support during this whole crazy process- because that's the important part. These two were at the bakery EVERY DAY of their summer break while I cleaned, painted, organized, and built the shop:
Saturday morning was the big, Grand Opening brouhaha. With my limited, new business budget, I did everything I could think of to get the word out. We had an ad in the paper on Friday, we had an ad in the local parent magazine birthday party guide, and I'd spread the word on Facebook. I was expecting people to come, so we baked as many cupcakes as could fit onto the rack. In the end, we were left with one small box of leftovers, so it worked out pretty great!
The whole day is kind of a blur to me now. I remember seeing some people... I remember trying to mend a minor wardrobe malfunction on one of my special guests... I remember chatting with some really nice people about custom cakes...
Luckily, some of our AMAZING friends were there with cameras. Here are some of the great pictures they took. I'll do my best to caption them from the parts I remember.
|OK, I remember this! We had some awesome members of the 501st come over. Love these guys!|
|Count Bassie, looking sharp.|
|Here we are, pretending we know what we're doing.|
|The always aawesome Alabama Ghostbusters were there too! Love all these guys.|
|Setting up the display, getting ready.|
|I can never take pictures this good with my camera|
|The display case around the middle of the day|
|LOVE this picture.|
|Oh, gluten-free cupcakes. How you challenge me.|
|I love both of these guys.|
|OK, right? How much fun is this?|
|I love this kid. Always have. Always will. And his parents are pretty cool, too.|
|Who knew maple bacon cupcakes would be such a hit?|
So, I was in the front kitchen while this guy was getting ready in the back kitchen. I'm standing there, working on a cake, minding my own business when I hear it. That breathing sound, coming from my precious, purple, back kitchen. I couldn't see him through the curtains, but I could hear him. Not going to lie, it kind of freaked me out. Then out he comes, 25 feet tall, just like my childhood nightmares.
I loved it.
|Story time with Summer. You know who loves Ms. Summer? We do!|
|Sweet Cheeks face painting! She does such a great job and is so, so nice.|
I'm so glad there are these pictures to remember this whole thing.
So many people who have seen pics of the shop online were surprised by how big it is inside. I'm glad this pic was taken- it shows there are places to sit! Come in, eat a cupcake, sip some coffee, and enjoy our free wifi.
|My little display case at the beginning of the day.|
|I apologize that we didn't get the bushes trimmed or the grass cut before the opening. The rain! All week, the rain!|
|Oh, those chocolate, peanut butter things.|
|These guys are pro photobombers.|
|Rainbow cake was popular.|
|I wish he could be there every day. how cool would that be?|
|I love this bakery.|
|THIS! How great are these guys? Out by the street, bringing in the business.|
|So many people said, "We just came in to find out what the heck was going on with the guys on the street".|
|When I made the light saber/ whisk frame, I never thought there'd be a photo like this.|
|I wish this guy were there every day!|
|Choose your weapon. Mine's a fondant extruder.|
|Bigger on the inside.|
I love this bakery. It's been so much fun so far. But I love the people who helped make it happen even more. So many family and friends have given us so much to get this place going. I love you all.