TRICK Your Guests with These 5 Spooky Halloween TREATS

When Halloween comes to mind there are two things we immediately think of, tricks or treats. Which makes this one of the busiest times of year for bakeries and chefs looking to make the most this haunted time of year with spooky treats of their own. After all generic, store bought candy may be the most common treat you see on Halloween, but that doesn’t make it the best and certainly not the tastiest. With that in mind here’s 5 spooky treats that will certainly make your bakery the place to go for Halloween treats or your party the highlight of your guests Halloween.

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1) Poison Candy Apples

This creepy twist on the traditional candy apple makes for an equally spooky and tasty Halloween treat. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Poison Candy Apples

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2) Chocolate Bat Cookies

These bat shaped chocolate cookies are so delicious they’ll be sure to make your guests frightened about how hungry they are. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Chocolate Bat Cookies

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3) Boo Berries

These strawberries dipped in almond bark to look like ghosts will certainly taste better than the cereal we all remember from when we were kids. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Boo Berries

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4) Chocolate Pumpkin With Cupcakes

Pumpkin flavored anything is all the rage these days so combining pumpkin and chocolate to make a cupcake in the shape of a witch is sure to make your monster mash the standout of the holiday. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Witch Cupcakes

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5) Graveyard Cake

This haunting cake will be the centerpiece of any Halloween celebration and it tastes so good that your guests will be sure to devour it despite it’s beauty. Enjoy the recipe.

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Do you have any ideas for spooky, yet delicious treats to serve this Halloween? Leave a comment below!

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7 No-Hassle, No-Bake Treats That Will Make Your 4th of July Party Pop

The 4th of July holiday is rapidly approaching and Americans all over the country will be looking to celebrate in any way possible. From barbeques, to beach bashes, to picnics and potlucks, to fireworks extravaganzas everyone will be looking for the chance to get outside and celebrate the birth of our great nation. With everyone looking to take advantage of the summer’s gorgeous weather and spend a day in the sun celebrating with friends and family that unfortunately won’t leave much time for baking. In respect to baked goods the 4th of July is actually like the exact opposite of Christmas.

The lack of time and space available for baking (plus who really wants to deal with the oven when it’s 80 plus degrees and gorgeous outside anyway) doesn’t change the fact that every party needs some delectable treats. So here are 7 no hassle, no bake treats that will be sure to make your 4th of July party pop like the fireworks that will soon light up the night sky nationwide.

4th of July Treats

1) No-Bake Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Parfaits

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These patriotic delicacies can be made in 5 minutes or less. Find the recipe here.

2) Red, White, and Blue Jello

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Delicious, patriotic, and refreshing. Find the recipe here.

3) Patriotic Peanut Butter cookie Dough Bark

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Perfect for all the cookie lovers out there. Find the recipe here.

4) Red, White, and Blue Coconut Berry Icebox Cake

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A patriotic cake, that you don’t have to bake. It’s perfect. Find the recipe here.

5) American Flag Chocolate Dipped Oreos

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It doesn’t get more American or tasty than this take on the famous Oreo. Find the recipe here.

6) Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispy Treats

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Another patriotic take on an American Favorite. What’s not to love. Find the recipe here.

7) Star Spangled Gumdrops

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Sugary, sweet, all American, and a surefire hit. Find the recipe here.

Get your Fixin’ at Doc D’s Southern Desserts

New York has a plethora of options for anyone looking to spice up their night with some delicious desserts, but there’s no better place to get your fixin’ for sweet southern desserts than Doc D’s Southern Desserts in Brooklyn. According to its Facebook page Doc D’s mission is a simple one, to make, “to make your taste buds smile,” and boy do they accomplish that goal in spades.

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Serving everything from Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, Pineapple Burst Cake, Coconut Cake, Pineapple Coconut Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake, Plain Vanilla Cake, 7up Pound Cake Strawberry Short Cake, Banana Pudding, Strawberry Banana Pudding, and even pies during the holiday season, plus custom birthday, baby shower, anniversary, holiday, or wedding cakes Doc D’s clearly has the market cornered on sweet southern desserts.

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If you’re somehow still skeptical of how amazing these southern desserts really are Doc D’s 4.5 star rating on Yelp should certainly qualm any lingering doubts. “I could eat their strawberry banana pudding everyday if my jeans would let me,” said one reviewer and “If you have any ties to The Dirty South you will especially appreciate the delightful sweets served here…I suggest having your dessert with water as they can be VERY sweet, diabetics beware and ladies apologize to your hips later,” added another.

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Bakery and restaurant owners need to minimize the amount of time and effort they put into other areas of their business if they want to be successful and having an excellent and efficient point of sale system is a sure fire way to make that possible. Which is why when Doc D’s needed to upgrade their point of sale system they chose Café Cartel Systems.

CCS is an industry leader in point of sale solutions for bakeries. Providing options for software solutions, hardware solutions, and service packages all designed for quick installation and easy set-up.

By providing software and software solutions for over a decade and conducting thousands of bakery installations all over the nation CCS has the industry experience to help take any bakery to the next level. CCS has all the experience and knowledge of the baking industry necessary to help you, as an owner, understand the inventory, sales, and labor requirements of the business.

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Livin’ la vida buena with La Baguette Shop

When it comes to bakeries and restaurants bigger brand names doesn’t always mean better. And the little known New York based full service bakery and lunch spot La Baguette is living proof of that very fact. La Baguette shop is a family owned Caribbean-American that for over 20 years has provided the New York community with authentic fresh breads and pastries. In fact many of their recipes are actually family recipes that have been passed down for generations.

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A run down of La Baguette’s offerings includes: their famous patties (chicken, beef, and cod fish), croissants, fresh wheat hero and wheat Creole breads, carrot, pound, and butter cream cakes, turnovers, cookies, soups (split pea, minestrone, lentil spinach, chicken), and wheat and oatmeal porridges. With all of these items being prepared from family recipes that are generations old La Baguette has definitely become a traditional favorite to many New Yorkers. You can check out their full menu here: labaguetteshop.com.

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When you’re visiting a city if you truly want to experience it you need to experience some of the local favorites and with a 4.5 star rating on Yelp La Baguette clearly a must visit if you’re looking to sample a local bakery or lunch spot on your trip to New York. Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch, or a sweet snack there’s also plenty to do around La Baguette according to TripAdvisor.com such as: Prospect Park, Brooklynn Botanic Garden, the Brooklynn Museum, the Jewish Children’s Museum, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklynn Children’s Museum, the Barclays Center, plenty of unique city tours, and even a production of Les Miserables. With endless possibilities within walking distance or a short uber rider away clearly planning your day around a visit to La Baguette and one of the numerous local New York destinations is a sure fire way to give you a taste of New York that is typically reserved for locals.


Have you tried La Baguette in New York? Will you the next time you visit the City? Leave a comment below!

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Cupcakes with a Savory Twist: Lasagna Style

Savory isn’t a flavor that usually comes to mind when thinking of cupcakes or other baked goods and treats, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As cupcakes as a brand continue to sweep the country and become ever more popular owners and chefs have to continually come up with new, innovative ideas to keep the trend fresh and exciting in the eyes of the consumer. Enter the lasagna cupcake. While not necessarily a new idea the lasagna cupcake is the perfect twist on a regular sweet cupcake to get consumers excited and out to their local cupcake shop or bakery.

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No one wants to devote the time and energy required to make a whole pan of lasagna when more often than not you’ll tire of all the leftovers after a couple days and then it just feels like a waste, making lasagna cupcakes the perfect substitute for a family gathering or addition to any party.

This savory is treat is crafted using wonton wrappers nestled in muffin tins to create that classing layered element lasagna is known for. The original recipe calls for beef, but that can easily be swiped out for something that suits your unique tastes. You could even substitute zucchini or another vegetable to create a delectable vegetarian version.

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  • 1/3 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 24 wonton wrappers or boiled lasagna noodles (about 6-8)
  • 1 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • (divided)
  • 1 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup jarred pasta sauce
  • Basil for garnish (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Brown beef, and season with salt and pepper. Drain.
  • Cut wonton wrappers or lasagna noodles into circle shapes (about 2 1/4- inches) using a biscuit cutter or the top of a drinking glass. You can cut several at a time. Note: For a more rustic look, no cutting necessary!
  • Reserve 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese for the top of the cupcakes. Start layering the lasagna cupcakes. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese in each. Top with a little meat and pasta sauce.
  • Repeat layers again (i.e. wonton, Parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella and pasta sauce). Top with reserved Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. To remove, use a knife to loosen the edges, then pop each lasagna out.
  • Garnish with basil and serve. Makes 12 cupcakes.

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 calories; 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat; 46 percent calories from fat); 12 g carbohydrates; 1 g sugar; 39 mg cholesterol; 533 mg sodium; 16 g protein; 0.5 g fiber.

 

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5 Festive Treats to Bake this Holiday Season

The Holiday season is described as the most wonderful time of the year for a myriad of reasons. From the time spent with friends and family, to the beautiful lights and decorations, to the spirit of magic and giving that seemingly emanates from us all, to the delicious smells wafting from the kitchen, to the feast we will then enjoy surrounded by our loved ones we all love this wonderful time of year for something unique.


For many of us some our favorite childhood memories of the Holidays stem from the enjoyment of our favorite Holiday desserts with our family and friends. Whether it’s frosting cookies, helping the Grandparent’s with the pumpkin pie, leaving out fresh cookies and milk for Santa, or just enjoying a piece of peppermint bark and hot cocoa in front of the fireplace and the Christmas tree we’ve all enjoyed some of our favorite festive treats during the Holiday’s.

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With that nostalgia factor in mind, it comes as no surprise that a lot of people are looking for new desserts to carry on the tradition of creating Holiday memories with their own children.

 

Here are 5 recipes for baked goods that can help you create some of those priceless memories this Holiday season:

 

1) Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

This healthier take on the Holiday staple is a great way to have your cake and eat it too this Holiday season. This simple substitution cuts out fat and a little bit of sugar while not eliminating any of the flavor or fun that are ideal for creating lasting memories.

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2) Gingerbread Icebox Cake

This cake that is prepared in a bundt pan is stunningly beautiful (almost a decoration in it’s own right) and is much easier to construct than a gingerbread house. Make the cake ahead of time and decorate it before your guests arrive to achieve that wow factor. It also will make a great substitution for that fruit cake that leaves you with tons of leftovers every year because no one likes it.

Holiday Baked Goods Gingerbread Cake

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3) Peppermint Snowballs

These peppermint snowballs are very simple to make with dough made from scratch or your favorite packaged sugar-cookie dough. Adding in the peppermint pieces and a smidge of powdered sugar make these cookies a true Holiday delight.

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4) Cranberry Apple Pie

No fruit is more associated with the Holidays than cranberries and no pie is less associated with the Holidays than apple. So why not cross the two to create a truly flavorful concoction that is sure to become a staple of all your Holiday meals to come.

Holiday Baked Goods Apple Cranberry Pie

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5) Swiss Rolls

Despite all the intricate detail in a swiss roll they are in fact very simple to make, which comes in handy during the busiest time of the year. Not to mention the cake itself has no butter in it ensuring the thickly spread jam and whipped cream won’t make you feel overly indulged. Plus it will look absolutely gorgeous on a platter while your guests are letting their dinner digest before digging in to the desserts.

Holiday Baked Goods Swiss Rolls

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Do you have any other ideas for festive treats to serve this Holiday season? Leave a comment below!

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Grow Your Business This Month with Creative Halloween Treat Ideas

The weeks proceeding any holiday are always among the busiest of the year for bakeries. Whether it’s an influx of catering orders for Halloween parties or customers just coming in looking for a festive lunchtime treat, bakery businesses see an influx of sales come the cooler weather months. Capitalize on this by serving up some of the most creative spooky treats we could find!

Halloween Bat Shaped Cookie

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A bat-shaped Oreo like cookie that will be sure to put all your customers in a spooky mood.

Halloween Witches Hat Cookie

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A traditional s’more molded into a non traditional yet festive treat. Sure to enchant all your customers and appealing decoratively as well.

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake

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A slightly oversized cupcake with an outer coat of frosting to make it look like a pumpkin. After all not much is more synonymous with Halloween than sweets and a pumpkin.

Halloween Cookie Monster Sandwhiches

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The marshmallow eyes are what sets this spooky dessert apart. Sure to frighten your customers, but guaranteed to taste good enough to keep them running back for more.

Halloween Peanut Butter Eyeballs

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Reese’s have proved that people love chocolate and peanut butter together. These eye-catching concoctions are sure to appeal to your customers sweet tooth’s.

Halloween Truffle Tarantulas

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This spooky take on the truffle will be sure to have your customers scurrying back for more.

Halloween Witches Hats

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This take on the witches hat consists of a shortbread cookie, a Hershey’s kiss, and a frosting bow and looks equally parts festive and delicious.

Halloween Pumpkin Fudge

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Fudge has been a bakery staple for generations. This festive take actually will keep customers coming back all Autumn long for a tasty treat to pair with their pumpkin spice lattes.

Halloween Chocolate Ghost Cakes

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Ghosts are as synonymous with Halloween costumes as chocolate is with Halloween candy so why not combine the two to create a treat that will surely become just as synonymous with Halloween as a whole.

Halloween Jack O Lantern Rice Krispy Treats

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Turn the traditional rice krispy treat into the symbol most associated with Halloween around the globe, the Jack O’ Lantern.

Do you have any ideas for Halloween treats of your own? Leave a comment and share them below.

Easy Daily Promotion Ideas for Your Bakery

Bakeries are great places for people to come to enjoy a treat on their own or to socialize with a group of people.  The challenge for most bakeries is to keep business going all day- breakfast, lunch and dinner.  By making certain promotions, bakeries can achieve greater customer attendance with specific offers aimed at each time of the day. Let’s take a look at what items customers will be excited to come in for.

Breakfast

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Expand your customer base by offering quick to-go options as well as a sophisticated stay in experience. Coffee is an essential for the early mornings so make a promotion for coffee and pastry combo. For the customers that are running a quick schedules, provide a to go disposable cup and a box or bag with their pastry. Also, for the regulars you can make an option for them to use their own mug for coffee. That is a perfect solution for creating loyalty and slightly reducing waste.  Have coffee ready quick at hand with enough staff to make this a quick order.

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The other customers are the ones that want to take their time and enjoy their morning coffee. The ones that stay in, make sure to provide them with a nice mug and warm it before serving coffee in there to keep it hotter longer. Customers appreciate little details in their experience. Add a design at the top with the foam perhaps.  With the pastry, make the presentation clean and elegant. That is a simple and loved breakfast customers will want to have at your bakery.

Brunch

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Brunch is becoming a more and more popular meal among people with disposable income. It is a place to socialize and catch up with friends or family. Aside from your full brunch menu, include a simple special on Sunday. Eggs and mimosa combo is a hit. Whether it is eggs benedict, omelet, or poached eggs, pick a style for your bakery for the lazy sunday brunches.  Again, you have many options to choose from- either pick one type of food item like eggs benedict, crepes, or pancakes to offer with a glass of mimosa or you can make a broad offer like “your choice of eggs with a mimosa”. This can also be a once a month special to create buzz about your bakery.

Lunch

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Lunch needs extra promotions for your bakery. Most people would not think of a bakery as a lunch place, but it is your responsibility to inform your customers of your lunch options as well as dessert combos. A great lunch promotion is to offer a sandwich with a cookie. This can be a set price for all types of sandwiches where customers can enjoy a fresh and yummy meal with a dessert. Keep your prices lower on the competitive scale so that customers have an easier time coming to your bakery for the meal. Also, allow your customers to choose which kind of bread they would like on their sandwich- that is your key advantage of quality.

 

Happy Hour

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Throw in a happy hour for the dessert fanatics to take a break from their work day.  Add a Monday through Friday 3 PM to 5 PM special where certain desserts are half off.  Keep the promotional items in a separate display so that you do not confuse the customers.  When customers pay for their dessert, offer a specialty drink on the side. Since they are already paying half price, they might be more inclined to spend more on a drink to spoil themselves.

Dinner

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When it comes to dinner time, bakeries present the perfect opportunity to attract customers in groups. Create different events like “Fancy Friday” where customers will want to dress up and have a classy evening to celebrate the end of the week. Other ideas are to throw a girls night every Wednesday “Wine Wednesday”. Ladies can get a glass of wine with a purchase of a dessert. Make the display, presentation and execution of the meal sophisticated for customers to appreciate their experience.  Just by adding a theme, customers will enjoy talking about it to their friends and know that it is a fun place to get together at. Get creative with your dinner themes.

…How Will You Promote Your Bakery?

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Spice Up Your Dessert Bar to Get Business Going

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Presenting your dessert bar to appeal to customers:

    Dessert bars are showing growing interest from customers.  The newer stores differentiate themselves from a standard bakery by offering a more up-scale and fancier setting.  That is why having a beautiful and designed display is a crucial aspect of all dessert bars.  Whether it is a contemporary and sleek feel or a  comfortable community setting, the store must be planned out and decorated accordingly.  The focus must be on the in-store decorations, dessert decorations, utensils, menu showing and more.  When it comes to appealing to the customers and sales, the display stands out the most so let’s see the ways to set it up nicely and thoughtfully.

Dessert Lounge Trends:

*  syrup  *  flowers  *leaf petals  *  sprinkles  *  small fruits  *  artistic shapes and forms  *  stands/figures  *  layeres

lastly, add beautiful labeling to match the style of your display

 

display appearance samples:

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Another great opportunity is to test new items by displaying them in the front, tempting consumers to pick them up. You can set a two week trial period and then check your pos to see how well they did.  Compare them to your other sales to see a cost benefit analysis to decide if you want to keep them or not. This is a great way to filter your products down to the most popular and liked items, so that you avoid products costs on ones you do not sell.

POS Features for Your Dessert Lounge

Sales and Inventory Tracking

    First off you must track all of your sales and include all of the ingredients and supplies used on your point of sale system. This way you know your inventory and what and when you need to reorder. Next focus on showing off your products in the most appealing way.

Dessert Bar Business Reporting

    If you run your POS system reports, you will be able to tell which cakes or desserts are sold the most and at what times. Focus on placing your most popular treats in the front with a creative, clean and beautiful display. You want to keep up with the modern and beautiful feel that customers expect from dessert venues.

Catering and Pre-Order Management

Offering catering and pre-ordering allows you to better serve your customers and give your bakery business great word of mouth. Adding a catering menu on your point of sale is an easy way to manage large orders, and track what items are being requested for large crowds. This pos feature makes it easy to manage and implement a catering program while giving you the valuable customer data to maximize profits.

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How to Create a Sweet Business with your Bakery

 
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Provide the Right Atmosphere in your Bakery

Determine what demographic you are catering to:

 

  • If you are in a location with older generation groups then you want to place emphasis on having several tables with very friendly customer service. Also think about design and sounds. For this group you would perhaps to keep a dimlit place with soft music. Retirees will want to come in and stay for some time to read the newspaper, a book or just enjoy their mornings.

 

  • Now if you are working in a busy area then you want to aim your shop to be more of a stop-and-go kind of place. Customers can stop by to grab a pastry and coffee and leave to continue on with their day. With this atmosphere, you can keep the lighting bright and use light colors in your shop. Music and extra decor is not as important because these customers are coming for the product not the experience.

 

  • Another option is being by a younger, perhaps college, crowd.  Here you would want to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. People can come in to use the venue as a studying place, or friends will come to hang out or you may even find couples on casual dates. This will require a relaxing setting, wifi and you may want to add some couches or booths.

 

Whichever atmosphere you create, just remember to adjust it to the primary customers that you are serving. The atmosphere is mainly determined from the location of your bakery or shop.

 

 

Keeping your Business on Track

 

A bakery requires several key elements that will help run smooth operations;

 

  • inventory control

  • adaptability

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  • employee management

  • sales reports

 

Acquire a POS software to handle all of these responsibilities for your bakery.  Save costs on efficiently using your inventory and knowing when to re-order. Introduce a new item or create a custom order through your point of sale system whenever you need to. Have employees clock in and out to easily track their times and pays. Lastly, analyze your financial reports to improve your business. You can see what items are doing well, at what time are you making the most sales at and what needs change.