Cakes With Jaz Expansion Project
In February of 2010 that goal was achieved. I did the research and with a few hundred dollars and a couple of cupboards, Cakes With Jaz was a licensed reality! I started to sell cake pops and cupcakes at the local roller derby bouts. Friends, and friends of friends, started ordering cakes through my Facebook page. That Christmas, dozens of cake balls shipped out all over the US!
In the summer of 2011 I started a Farmer’s market stand in downtown Coos Bay, and that winter my husband and I bought a house. We found a great little house with room for us and our two children, and the business! We converted the formal dining area of our new house to hold all the bakery equipment I’d accumulated. the business continued to grow and before I knew it, I had grown out of the space in the house.
In July of 2013, I was approached to buy the equipment from a bakery in Charleston, and lease the space that it was in. It is the same space Cakes With Jaz currently calls home. I moved in and had the grand opening in August of 2013. That year proved to be quite successful, it was our first year to turn a profit. 2014, my first full year in Charleston, I produced 37 wedding cakes, attended a full 6 months of weekly farmer’s markets, and created numerous birthday and celebration cakes.
After nearly 5 years in business, and 18 months in the Charleston, Cakes With Jaz needs a new location! Charleston was a great place to start slow, and to build up the possibilities for a storefront location. With the seasonal ebb and flow of tourists in Charleston, the summers are almost too busy to handle alone, and the winters leave me wondering where everyone went! I need to bring the shop closer to my customers, and into a more easily accessible downtown location. With more daily foot traffic I hope to be able to hire some part-time help and take on more orders!
As the 2014 Farmer's market season came to an end, I set a goal to move the shop before the end of the year. While keeping my eyes and ears open, I’ve been patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to present itself. While there are many great empty buildings in the Coos Bay / North Bend community that would be amazing, they are simply out of my price range. I’ve done a lot of research to make an informed decision by creating a strict budget, and being realistic about what I will be able to afford. As of yesterday, I believe I have found the perfect location!
The New Location
The building I found has potential for extreme growth. It’s located less than a block from highway 101, in the heart of downtown Coos Bay, and has enough room for the possibilities of classes, workshops, birthday parties, and so much more! The best part, the monthly rent is affordable enough to fit within my monthly budget!
The only thing stopping me from making the move today is the funds needed for the actual move, and the help needed to make the space a working bakery.
Any donations I receive will go towards the first month rent and deposit (appx $1100), moving my hard-wired oven and having it installed (appx $100), and the materials and labor to build a working counter space/storage that can also house a dishwashing area (appx $800). The space currently has a utility sink in the same location I’ll need to have a more appropriate sink installed, so needed plumbing should be quite limited.
If you are interested and able to donate any time or materials towards this project it will be just as appreciated, if not more appreciated, than a monetary donation. My largest expense by far, will be the labor involved in getting the kitchen to a workable state.
I am ready to take Cakes With Jaz to the next level! With a little help from my amazing supporters I know this can be achieved! please donate today and help make Cakes With Jaz a bigger, better, more accessable fixture in our community!
My mom and I have been hard at work the last few days packing everything up and moving it over to the new shop. My amazing team (my mom, my husband, and our friend Tom) have been working all week getting our front counter built, setting up my new cookie area, and emptying out the old shop. Last night I got the walls in Charleston painted back to white, and started getting my repurposed pallet separator wall primed for a fresh coat of paint! We were able to get the appliances moved over today and the old shop is waiting for its final cleaning. I'll be turning in the keys to that shop on Monday.
The plumber has been rescheduled for Monday while we wait for a part to come in. I'm also waiting to hear back from the Department of Agriculture for an approval of our floor plan. Saturday we'll be painting the counter and hopefully finishing up the separator wall, and Sunday-thursday we plan to start unpacking and getting everything organized in the new space.
We are still selling tickets for the raffle, please check out the Flying Chicken Tattoo facebook page for the newly updated contents of the basket! It's now valued over $1000! We've decided to push out the drawing until the end of the month. You can buy tickets for $5 each at Flying Chicken tattoo, D's Scissors, and if you would like to stop by the new shop tomorrow while we're there painting, I'll gladly sell you some tickets too! :)
Major thanks going out to my mom, Tom, and Nathan for helping me so so much! And of course thanks to all of you reading this for the constant encouragement and positivity! We're all very excited to see the new shop up and running! Please share, and donate if you can. Thanks bunches!
My last cake that I'll bake in Charleston is in the oven now! Kind of a bittersweet moment, I'll miss Charleston and the awesome people I've gotten to know out here.
We are still selling tickets for the raffle put together by Flying Chicken Tattoo, with all the proceeds going towards the goal on this project. If you'd like a ticket let me know, they are $5 each. See the Flying Chicken Tattoo page for details on what's in the basket!
Please keep donating and sharing if you can! With each step we take towards getting this new building setup comes another fee for one thing or another. Thank you all so much for your help and support! Day after tomorrow I start packing and moving everything into town!