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1st Anniversary of Chelsea’s Cool Cakes

Chris barely had time to come home and do laundry after our trip to Greece before he was off again to Germany for a three-week NATO exercise. Poor guy had an insanely busy autumn!

 

While he was gone, I celebrated the first birthday of my cake studio! And by celebrated, I mean I thought “Oh hey! Today is the 1-year anniversary of getting the keys!” and then moved right on back to baking. No time to be fancy!

But I thought I would celebrate here on the blog by sharing some photos of the shop, since the last time I shared photos of it it we were in the middle of fixing it up and it was a complete disaster.

It's still not much to look at, but here it is, in all its sugary glory :)

 

The front door.
It looks pretty intense with the gate closed eh? It used to be a dentist office so they had the gate to protect the gas and painkillers. Now it protects my cakes from would-be dessert thieves.
 
The other side of the front door.
 
The consultation/waiting room.

The decorating room and door to the kitchen.

Where the magic happens.

 

I forgot to take a picture of the kitchen, but it's just an oven, a fridge, and a sink. Nothing special.

 

Although it does have a killer view:

This past year has been A LOT of very hard work. Running your own business definitely isn't for the faint of heart. I've been told that I'm brave for starting my own company, but most days I really just feel outta-my-mind-crazy. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears (literally) has gone into making the business what it is today and I have learned A TON about running a company and myself as a person over the past year. While it hasn't been a piece of cake (I'm sorry… I had to!), thankfully it's finally starting to pay off.

Some really great things are in store for Chelsea's Cool Cakes in 2014!

 

 

The Home of Chelsea’s Cool Cakes

This is pretty old news for some of you, but I realized I haven’t officially announced it anywhere yet…

Chelsea’s Cool Cakes is becoming legit!

Due to icky Norwegian laws preventing a cottage food industry here in Stavanger (ie, people can’t sell food products out of their home), so far I have been running my cake business “under the radar” (read: maybe teensy weensy bit illegally). So in order to expand, actually do some advertising, and make this a truly official job I had to find a space I could get approved by the health department. After about a year of searching for the right building in the right location in the right budget… I finally stumbled across this place in October! It’s a fixer-upper for sure (it used to be a skateboard shop and before that a dentist office) and it was built at the very beginning of the 20th century, but the bones are right and with little TLC and a few coats of paint Chelsea’s Cool Cakes will have a home!

Now, just to clarify since I get asked about it a lot: It’s not a traditional bakery. I don’t intend to make cupcakes/cakes daily for people to come by and purchase on the spot. I’m treating it more as a cake studio. Since everything is 100% custom designed from scratch, the doors will be locked unless you have an appointment set up for a consultation or pick-up. I decided to go this way for a number of reasons, but the primary one is that I’m not planning on hiring employees anytime soon and there is no way I can manage a front desk, bake cakes, decorate cakes, and field customers all by me onsies. Plus, that’s how I’ve been treating it for the past 2 years of doing this as a “hobby” and it has worked great! Maybe someday I’ll expand into a cafe-style bakery, but that’s a BIG someday.

So without further ado… here are a few pictures of the place! They were taken when I first started work on it… so there’s not much to see, but once I get it all up to scratch I’ll post the after shots! For now, just imagine the possibilities :)

 

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The entrance and front hall.

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The future front room/reception room/consultation room/display room.

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The future decorating room.

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The future kitchen.

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Kitchen from the other side and the view of downtown Stavanger from the window.

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Tearing down the 60-year-old cardboard wallpaper ceiling (so dirty and gross!)

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Carnage.

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Kolie helping to patch the walls.

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Standing on the fridge to reach the ceiling with Josh in order to get rid of that nasty paper.

 

So now, even though there is still TONS of work to be done, I can officially say I HAVE A JOB!!

It’s a fantastic feeling :)