It’s happened to everyone. The week is going by as usual until your calendar app reminds you about the party you’re hosting this weekend. Suddenly, you realize you have no dessert and only 48 hours to find one. Mind racing through a map of your town’s stores, you think: “Is there a bakery near me?”
Although it’s a situation that happens to even the most meticulous planners, it doesn’t have to be a stressful moment if you are friends with the baker down the road.
It seems too simple to be true, but frequenting a small cake shop (as opposed to a grocery store’s bakery department) can alleviate your sweets stress. At these stores, it’s easier to get to know the staff, who will then be more willing to help you in a pinch. These shops also tend to have more products to choose from and bake everything from scratch. This means if you forget to order your desserts, you can usually walk in and create your own smorgasbord of tasty treats.
There are a variety of ways to become a favorite customer:
- Be patient. Creating beautiful desserts takes time, especially if done on the spot for you.
- Be polite. “Please” and ‘Thank you” go a long way.
- Be open. You might have to choose from only what is available, so be willing to considering different options.
Utilizing your local bakery can also make a positive impact on your community. Giving owners opinions and feedback on their products helps them adjust to the tastes of their customers. Knowing what customers want is an integral part of business success, which means your quick cake stop keeps its doors open.
A Chance To Learn
Getting to know your local bakery can also help your skills as a novice baker. A good relationship with the staff can give you a resource to ask questions, get advice, and learn better ways to bake at home.
Although it’s always better to order ahead, befriending your baker could help in those surprise situations when you need a cake right away. It can also benefit your community and your home kitchen, too.