When we officially started Cakes by Babbs this past October, one of our big goals was to get the business out in the public eye. That is exactly what we did yesterday at the Freeport Bridal Show. Anyone that knows me (Barbara), knows that being the center of attention is not my comfort zone, but this great opportunity forced me to step out my comfort zone and I have to admit that I would not have been able to do it without a few people listed below, some are very dear to me and some were very unexpected.
My husband, Charles, he is my backbone. He has the tack for pushing me to do something that I'm scared to do and finding the right words to get me to have the courage to do such things like this Bridal Show. For those of you who don’t know us, there is one huge difference between us, I struggle talking to people I don't know where my husband can talk to anyone walking down the sidewalk like they have known each other forever, it is one of the reasons I love him so. Because of this skill that he has he gained a new title in the business "The mouth", it was a joke between us and the other booths close to us.
Its great how in life’s important events there always seems to be that one person that seemed to be put there just for you, Kate Baker was that person for me yesterday. Kate is a photographer for her own business, Kate Baker Photography. Our relationship started when we arrived to set up and saw her husband and her setting up her booth. Her booth was something to catch your eye, most of all the booths were just tables decorated but her booth was built by her family it took them about 3 hours to get it all set up. My husband clicked with her right away, they were joking back and forth about her booth and that slowly drew me in. During the whole show she was very encouraging, at one point she pushed me to go around to all the other vendors’ offering them cupcakes and my business cards, and amazingly I actually did it and made alot of good connections. If it wasn’t for her encouraging words and her shove at the right moment I don't think I would have ever had the courage to do anything like that.
At the end of the show we had a full sheet (about 18 people) of bride's emails wanting us to follow up with them about their wedding and hundreds more with my business information in their hands. Now is the time to cross your fingers and hope for the best. To sum things up we had a lot of fun with this new experience and can't wait till our next big event (as of now : ) ) which is Heritage Days in Bath, Maine.
Thank you to everyone who has backed us so far!!!