With our continuously expanding menu, we have outgrown our kitchen space and now looking to build a new home for Marley's Treats.
Where we started…
I started Marley’s Treats when I was on maternity leave and caring for my daughter, Jordyn Marley. I had all this time to test out recipes and products and used the social networks to start taking in orders from friends and family. In a matter of a few months, I was taking in more orders than my kitchen could handle so I got my business license and started renting out commercial kitchen space in the area. I then took in a few online deals (living social, groupon & gilt city) and it got a little crazy for me to doing it all alone so my sister quit her job and joined my team. We then added dessert tables to our menu.
Who we are right now…
We now specialize in custom cupcakes, cakepops, cakes and dessert tables. We’ve also expanded our cakes and have been working on newer items to add to the menu. We currently continue to rent kitchen space and deliver our orders within the bay area. Check out our current menu http://marleystreats.com/Menu.html.
We’ve found a place to call our new home and just need a little kickstart to make it happen. Our goal is to create a kitchen and store front we can call our own to be able to take on every new project and order as well as have treats available daily. We would also like to start shipping cake pops out to anywhere in the US. Some of the items we would be adding to the menu are macarons, cheesecake cake pops and other side items to the dessert tables.
What funding would go to…
For starters, we would remodel the space which would include the floor, paint and clean up of the space. We have a vision of teal, purple and pinks exactly like our logo.
Next is the big important stuff, new equipment to make your treats. Our equipment list would include convection ovens, a stove, double or triple door refrigerator, a 3 compartment sink, a few more mixers, new tables for decorating, display cases and countertops.
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Once funded, there's the challenge of completing the store front in a timely manner. Our list of to-dos start off at construction, floor, paint then getting the equipment in. From there, we work on permits and licenses which could take a couple months to clear and for us to get approved.
As far as competition in the area, there are no cupcakeries in Foster City and only a few in the surrounding cities. The deals I've done through Living Social, Gilt City & Groupon has definitely created a great clientele base to start with and I've always kept up with social networking and maintaining customer relationships.
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