Since I opened my doors in 2008 I have been slowly growing every year and last year had the honor of making 100 wedding cakes for lovely couples in addition to birthdays and other celebration cakes. With my little rental kitchen and my home office for the business work, I can't take on much more than that. But, I don't want to stop growing either. So, my husband and I began to brain storm. We talked at length with other professionals with much more wisdom and business experience then I have.
We had 2 realistic options. One option was to go out and open a store front. After much thought and prayer we decided against that. The main reason was the overhead. I love the personal relationship I have with brides. I love that I work with couples from start to finish. I spoke to several coordinators and venue owners that I work with I asked what was one thing that stands out about our cakes. And the answer...you're consistent. Since I'm the one baking and decorating every cake the product is always the same. If I had a storefront I would have to take on a lot more cakes to pay for the overhead. That means I would have to hire more staff and I would be having other employees baking and decorating your wedding cake. That creates inconsistency in flavor and design. And I didn't want that. I wanted my customers to be able to sit down with the person baking and decorating their cakes and know in full confidence that their cake was in good hands. So with that being said the storefront door was closed.
And the door to option 2 was opened and everything started falling into place...rather quickly too. With our children getting bigger and our house seemingly getting smaller we thought...why not combine the two. Why not purchase a larger home on some land and build a commercial kitchen on that land. I would have basically my own storefront but without the overhead. I would have a kitchen and consultation room and storage...all right there accessible to me. So we found a great realtor and she began to work tirelessly for us to find the perfect spot. Let me tell you that was no easy task. The zoning had to be right. The location had to be right. The school had to be right. The house had to be right. And the land had to be right. In 4 months we found it! And two weeks ago we closed on it and moved in!
So Kayla Knight Cakes has officially moved to Round Rock. We are about 5 minutes north of the heart of downtown Round Rock...much more centrally located for Austin/RR/Pflugerville couples! Currently, we are in the middle of our two phase expansion. The first phase is getting the family moved in. We are in the process of unpacking and getting settled in. Today I spent all day painting my new home office...exciting! Once we complete that we will be renovation on an already existing 550 square foot structure on our property. This will be the new home of Kayla Knight Cakes.
I will definitely be blogging and keeping everyone informed (with photos) as phase 2 begins until completion. And when it does...we will have some form of fantastic grand opening!