This particular post is about The Baker’s Daughter Bakery Life. I will share a little bit with you about the mistakes I made in my life and what I have learned from my mistakes.
Our lives are full of mistakes. Mistakes take place for us to learn from them and hopefully prevent the same repeated mistakes.
Please remember that our past does not define us!
Bakery Life Span
- My grandfather was a baker in the Army.
- In 1972 my grandfather purchased Cramer’s Bakery in Sacramento, CA
- Around 1990 my father and his immediate family opened Rosemont Bakery in Sacramento, CA.
- From 2008–2012 I started my version of a bakery for children. The name of my business was “The Baker’s Daughter”.
The bakery partnership was divided shortly after my grandfather passed away. When my dad finally was able to leave Cramer’s Bakery he went out and about seeking a new location for another bakery.
During, the search for a new bakery location my dad asked me to come along and check out the locations he and my mom were considering. During, this time, my parents had a home on the outskirts of Elk Grove, CA. My parents were trying to find a bakery location that was not going to be too far from their home.
We stumbled across a bakery that closed down. The bakery operated right out of the grocery store, and it was located in Galt, CA. So, why wasn’t the bakery operating any longer? These questions are things we must consider…why did the bakery go out of business? Shortly after, we checked out another bakery that was located near Auburn, CA that had the same bakery location concept.
This option seemed like a great opportunity until we started factoring in other things like the hours of operation and when you could enter and exit and all the other rules that went along with that so maybe that is why these bakeries stopped operating?
Consider The Costs
Eventually, we found a bakery location that already had the huge expensive oven and walk-in freezer in it. The prior business was home to New York Bagels. In this same shopping center was a bakery in the Lucky’s grocery store and another bakery two doors down from where the New York Bagels was located.
We checked out the shopping center which seemed to have a steady flow of traffic and talked to local tenants about opening another bakery after all, we were kind of expanding the same type of baked goods just in another area of Sacramento, CA.
We made the decision to pursue this location for our family bakery, let’s just throw another bakery into the equation. Nothing like trying to compete with one another or even putting another business out of business. We were the last one to come in and the first bakery to go out of business by choice. This same logic seems to be the case in all that we do in our lives and our businesses. Trying to cut each others throat or even have one up on them.
Why does the county allow similar types of businesses to do this? Coffee shops do it all the time.
After the lease was signed, we got to work on getting the place ready. We hit roadblock after roadblock when it came to trying to open the doors. Getting the county permits turned out to be the biggest hindrance when it comes to getting your doors open for business.
I don’t think you can ever factor in enough time or money when it comes to a business being opened or getting it established, and that doesn’t include all the landlord-tenant issues we had for an entire year.
We would meet and greet eager locals as we would worked diligently to get the doors open. I remember vividly people coming to the door, saying open, open (just like the old Mervyn’s commercials).
The county caused many delays; we even had to tear out what turned out to be a non-functioning walk-in freezer. Next, the county said we had to have a permit for a mop sink and then a permit for a partition wall, then, the floor treatment that was put on the floor caused more delays. Every corner we turned we were hit with another delay.
The Bakery Was Finally Open For Business
Once we opened our doors, we had consistent customers. Our business was doing great, the sales were increasing daily. I remembered counting the money and us getting so excited to see the sales go up every week.
The landlord never took care of anything over the course of a year, our roof leaked all the time, consistently there were problems, the lighting in the parking lot wasn’t lit up well enough and the walkways in front of the store had lights out in most of the areas you had to walk.
When it was time to renew the lease, we bailed. We called in friends and family to help us move out, we sold major equipment and said it is time to have a life, have weekends off, and go to work for someone else, because, after all they would pay us to work, lol.
Upon closing Rosemont Bakery my father went to work for two retail bakeries, one was located in Cameron Park, CA and it was called Safeway and the other bakery was located in West Sacramento, CA and it was called Raley’s.
The Baker’s Daughter Bakery Life
I guess you could say our memories make our hearts grow fonder. As a daughter of a baker, I enjoyed watching things come to life in the bakery as each person worked in their specialized areas of Cramer’s Bakery.
Watched, Listened and Learned
There’s a lot to learn when it comes to working in a bakery, especially a famous bakery. I enjoyed watching everyone make everything from scratch. This intrigued me enough to venture out on my own and open up my own bakery business.
Growing up in a family that never divorced, meant death till you part. Even, though my parent’s life was death till they part, growing up my life as The Baker’s Daughter had its fair share of challenges.
At one time I did not know or understand what unconditional love was or meant. I trusted others at their word. Eventually, I learned there is only One we can have faith and trust in. The One who loves us unconditionally and who died for our sins. Yes, that One is Jesus Christ!
sympathetic, pity, and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
Seeking an abundant life in baking by using God’s earthly ingredients is what I have been called to do. I will continue mentoring you through my blog. I would like to share so much with you as I share my real-life experiences.
The Baker’s Daughter’s Purpose
It’s now time that we get down to the key ingredient, my purpose. My journey begins now by sharing the lessons I had to learn through all the trials I experienced. Over the years I have mentored youth at various levels. God has given me the ingredient to use and I hope you will find interest in how you too will eventually look at things that happen and understand them better and their purpose.