No, I haven't been hiding under a rock. I'm in the process of getting all my little duckies in a row. And let me tell you, I wish it was a little easier! With the kickstarter project being funded, I have just received all of your wonderful donations. I have sent surveys to each of my backers to get some more info for their rewards. The projected start date for rewards to begin is June 4. If you haven't received your survey, contact me asap!
My amazing parents surprised me with a little bit of homework to help me get things in order.
I also took a trip to the shared kitchen to do a walk through. Here are a few pictures from the tour. I have to admit that it's not quite what I was expecting, and it is a LONG hike from my home, but it looks to be the best "next step". And, the manager of the place was really nice and very helpful. She's been in my shoes, just as many of the other members have.
Here's the outside of the building...
When you first walk in, they have a small table with chairs that could be used for consultations. Once you get back to the kitchen area, it sort of splits to a side more geared towards catering and a side mostly used for baking. These are on the catering side.
Around the corner was the wash room...
And ice/sink area...also had the walk in fridge/freezer (not pictured).
Here's the dry storage.
I have a good bit of work to do before I can get the membership there, as well as licensing, insurance, etc after I get the membership. But, I've made progress and now at least know what needs to be done next.
My other big business factor is getting another car! Kyle and I have been a one-car home for a few years now. When I decided to stay at home after C was born, it didn't make sense having two car payments since one vehicle was almost always parked in the driveway. So, we sold Kyle's truck and have managed pretty well without it. I am still at home with C on a daily basis, but the opportunity is there for the hubs to get a ride with a coworker if needed. But, in order for me to work in a shared kitchen an hour from my house, I need SOMETHING to drive. And, it needs to have enough room for some pretty big cakes in the back, have the seats lie completely flat, AND be an ultra smooth ride. I can't have cakes falling apart from a rugged riding vehicle. So, I'm on the hunt to find a vehicle that will do all of these things AND stay within my conservative budget.