A Q&A with Sarah, Jonathan, and Debbie McGregor, sister-brother-mother owner and operator team of Sweet Revolution Bake Shop in Lafayette, IN.
Why did you start your business?
Owning a bakery was a dream since Sarah was a little girl. She went to culinary school and worked in the industry to get experience before moving to Lafayette, IN. Family joined in the venture which began in 2015.
What steps did you take to start your business?
We rented the kitchen at the YWCA and began selling small pies at the Farmer’s Market. This helped get a feel of what people were looking for in baked goods and raising capital to start purchasing equipment. We offer baked goods that know one else does in the area. We found a location downtown we loved on the street the Farmer’s Market is on and opened our bakery in June 2017.
What has been the greatest challenge with starting and/or operating your business?
In owning your own business, you live it and you can get tired from working all the hours. We did all the shopping locally, did the laundry, washed the windows, did payroll etc. Now we have hired companies to take the time and stress of that away. It’s knowing when to hire more employees and the companies.
What has been the biggest surprise since starting your business?
How fast we have been growing. Word of mouth and social media has been a big part of our growth.
You can start out small and grow from there. We did all the construction and design for the bakery and it always touches my heart when someone says ‘You have the vibe going on here like in Chicago’ “
What do you feel has been your greatest success since launching the business?
I think starting small. Not investing a lot of money all at one time. We tested the market with very little overhead. We purchased equipment and supplies before we had brick and mortar. We try very hard to be consistent with the high quality of baked goods.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
We hope to open a second location with a larger kitchen to be able to keep up with the demand. We also have plans to start another restaurant idea.
What advice would you give to another entrepreneur looking to start their own business?
Working on a business plan and financial report was helpful in seeing what needed to get done ahead of time. We talked with the city and health dept and requirements so we wouldn’t be surprised. Being ready financially. You can start out small and grow from there. We did all the construction and design for the bakery and it always touches my heart when someone says “You have the vibe going on here like in Chicago”.
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