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 :)

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3 Responses
  1. karen says:

    That is OSM!! I can’t wait to see your final project with everything on display. What amazing talents you have!!

  2. Dad says:

    Awesome! Love, Dad.

  3. Stefanie says:

    Wow, this is so totally awesome! You are legit! I’m loving that arch between rooms and I can totally see possibilities with this space! Keep the pics coming! Congrats on living your dream!

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