foodpump... based on my common sense, it highly possible that the space doesn't have the proper infrastructure because it a work/living building, so it probably has typical electric structure like the residential space has. Also other businesses in that same building are a lawyer office, a hair salon and another business I can't remember but no food related business.
high chance that I have to do plumbing work, redo electric work for oven, fridge, freezer etc
There is AC but i don't know how well it can hold up against the oven's heat
I'm glad you think that I'm doing the right things and the lease rate is awesome though! ... $12.80/sqft, I don't think I will ever find that price :( lol I'm bummed.. the usual rate around where I live is like $18-24/sqft
I do agree that it will get cramped... If I had decent experiences in making like macarons which doesn't require a lot of equipments, then I would probably jump on that space since I only need a oven, a table, fridge, no freezer, a baking rack or two and sink and put against the back corner creating like a L shape production kitchen
chefedb... I work a cupcake shop that sell only 6 flavours a day and two of them stays the same every day and the rest are random. On a slow day, we knock out 650 minis and 225 regulars and on the weekend is at least 1000 minis and 500 regulars up easily ... I'm baffled on how this cupcake shop make decent money and the owner opened another location last year... I don't even like their cupcakes, no decent flavours in them but it better than grocery store cupcakes.
I could do vanilla, chocolate, red velvet cupcakes and do multiple buttercreams that provide more options than that cupcake shop and addition to selling different flavours shortbread cookies because they have a good shelf life and I can have pre-cut cookies in the fridge ready to go at anytime... My mom's colleagues used to go to the cupcake shop and now they buy cupcakes from me which I have a side business at home selling desserts and they prefer my products over them :P
The size information about the space show 750sqft and floor area 12'x14' ... I agree it is a very tight space
Roman ... after reading your reply, my space got like 60% of your space, and let estimate that I have same amount of equipments as you... which is even tighter to move around comparing to your space ... seem like this space may not be a do-able space to do my business afterall
Bummer, back to square one ... I'm getting a bit tired of this job at the cupcake shop.. cupcakes, cupcakes and oh ya more cupcakes! ... I have been looking around for another job but many don't want to hire me because I'm hearing impaired so employers are scared of communication barriers I guess. This is one of the main reasons why that I want to open my own dessert shop because I won't get far in life working for someone and pretty much see that owning a business is the only option to make decent money when I get older, right now I'm 25 years old.